The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 20, 2012

Two sentenced to prison for roles in motel stabbing and robbery

A Jasper County judge assessed a woman 10 years in prison Monday for stabbing and robbing a man a year ago at a Joplin motel while sentencing one of her accomplices to five years.

Amanda K. Selby, 24, pleaded guilty in June to a reduced charge in the case involving the robbing of Jose Lopez-Sandoval, 55, on Sept. 9, 2011, in a room of the Plaza Motel at 2612 E. Seventh St.

At Selby’s sentencing hearing Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court, Lopez-Sandoval showed Circuit Judge Gayle Crane the scars from the cuts he received during the robbery. Selby cut him on the face and neck with a pocketknife in the course of robbing him of a cellphone and cash while her alleged accomplices, Wayne A. Tidd, 23, and Kyle Bruin, 24, waited outside in the motel parking lot.

Selby’s plea deal with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office limited the prison time she could be assessed for the conviction of second-degree robbery to the 10 years the judge assessed her. A second count of armed criminal action was dismissed as part of the deal.

Tidd pleaded guilty to a reduced count of second-degree robbery at a separate hearing Monday before Crane and was sentenced to five years in prison. A count of armed criminal action was dismissed as part of a deal with the prosecutor capping his prison time at half that of Selby’s. He waived his right to a sentencing-assessment report as part of his plea deal.

Bruin pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in July in a plea agreement that also would dismiss a second count of armed criminal action and would limit the prison time he might receive to seven years. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 21.

Joplin police say all three defendants planned the robbery at an apartment on Roosevelt Avenue and took a cab to the motel to commit the crime. Bruin provided Selby with the pocketknife she took with her when she went to the door of Lopez-Sandoval’s room alone and asked to use his shower.

When Lopez-Sandoval let her in, she sent a text message to Tidd, waiting in the parking lot with Bruin, that said she was going to stab the victim, according to a probable-cause affidavit. The two accomplices told police that they heard Lopez-Sandoval start yelling moments later and ran to the room, where they encountered the victim in the doorway, bloodied and clutching his chest.

The three then fled the motel with his cellphone and money pulled from his pockets. The men later told police that Selby got rid of the knife in the woods along some railroad tracks.

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