The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 6, 2013

Sarcoxie man to serve four years in prison

— A judge assessed a Sarcoxie man four years in prison Monday for the severe beating of another man in August of last year.

At a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin, Judge David Dally sentenced Andrew J. Looney, 30, to the prison term on a conviction for second-degree assault.

Looney pleaded guilty March 11 in a plea agreement that limited the prison time that he might be assessed to no more than four years. He had been facing the possibility of up to seven years for a conviction.

The defendant broke the nose and other facial bones of Joseph A. Graves in an assault Aug. 29 at Looney’s home in Sarcoxie, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Graves told a Jasper County sheriff’s deputy that Looney punched him several times in the face before he was able to escape and call 911.

Looney told a deputy that Graves hit him in the head with a can of vegetables, precipitating his response with his fists. But the defendant’s wife, who witnessed the assault, told deputies that she never saw Graves hit Looney with a can.