The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 1, 2013

Carthage man draws probation

A Carthage man was assessed a suspended sentence and probation this week in a felony drug and child endangerment case in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge David Dally assessed Christopher Axtell, 40, four years in prison on a conviction for possession of methamphetamine at a sentencing hearing Monday, but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on supervised probation for five years.

Axtell pleaded guilty to the possession charge June 3 in a plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office that called for dismissal of felony counts of child endangerment and possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture meth.

The charges stemmed from an arrest on Oct. 31 of last year, when police served a search warrant at his home at 603 Sophia St. in Carthage and seized small amounts of meth and marijuana, and numerous components of a meth lab, according to allegations in a probable-cause affidavit. Axtell was living at the address with his wife and two children, the affidavit states.

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