The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 2, 2013

Webb City man placed on probation after plea bargain


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— A Webb City man charged with assaulting a police officer pleaded guilty to a lesser offense Thursday and was assessed a suspended sentence.

Cleavon E. Williams, 39, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense of peace disturbance at a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.

Williams had been facing a felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer for allegedly punching an officer on Nov. 15 in the 1700 block of East Lucas Street in Webb City. The officer was responding to a disturbance and was attempting to arrest Williams, according to a probable-cause affidavit. The affidavit alleged that Williams also was in possession of two different types of pills without a prescription.

Under terms of his deal with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office, two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance were dismissed. Associate Circuit Judge Richard Copeland assessed Williams six months in jail for peace disturbance, but suspended the sentence and placed him on probation for one year.