The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 21, 2014

Joplin man pleads guilty to assault, drug charges

A 23-year-old Joplin man pleaded guilty this week in Jasper County Circuit Court to felony domestic assault and drug charges.

Moses M. Ramsey pleaded guilty to second-degree domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance in a plea agreement dismissing a count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver that he also was facing.

Circuit Judge David Dally delayed formal acceptance or rejection of the plea agreement and ordered the completion of a sentencing-assessment report. Dally set Ramsey’s sentencing hearing for May 19.

Ramsey was arrested on the assault charge Jan. 10 when police were called to 110 N. Sergeant Ave. regarding a domestic disturbance. According to a probable-cause affidavit, the defendant struck his girlfriend, Laci J. Smith, in the face with a plastic container prior to grabbing her by the neck, forcing her down on a bed and head-butting her in the face.

Smith told police that three days previously he had choked her, cut her with a knife and head-butted her three times in the face.

The drug charges stem from arrests of the defendant by Joplin and Webb City police in August and September of last year.

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