A reputed member of the Joplin Honkies prison gang pleaded guilty to a felony drug offense Friday in Jasper County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years in prison.
James J. Livingston, 31, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in a plea agreement with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office that capped the prison time he would receive at five years, and dismissed related felony counts of drug possession and unlawful use of a weapon. Circuit Judge David Mouton accepted the plea deal and assessed Livingston the prison term.
The defendant was arrested on the charges Aug. 30 following a traffic stop by Joplin police.
Seized in a search of his vehicle were two bags of methamphetamine, 88 pseudoephedrine pills, five alprazolam pills, a morphine pill and a set of brass knuckles, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
At the time, Livingston had an outstanding federal warrant for a probation violation on a weapon charge, the affidavit states.
The Joplin Honkies are a loosely knit gang that has its origin in the Missouri prison system. Livingston is a reputed member of the gang, according to court documents.