The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

October 31, 2011

Gang member sent back to prison

JOPLIN, Mo. — A reputed member of the Joplin Honkies gang has been assessed 17 years behind bars for the brutal assault of another man more than a year ago.

Christopher D. Davenport, 29, was scheduled to go to trial this week in Jasper County Circuit Court on four felony counts involving three crimes committed in 2010 in Joplin. Court records show that Davenport pleaded guilty instead to all four counts last week before Associate Circuit Judge Stephen Carlton in a plea agreement with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office.

Terms of the deal called for Davenport to be sentenced to 17 years and 10 years on convictions for first-degree assault and armed criminal action related to the beating of Phillip Ivy, and to seven years each for first-degree assault on Patrick Arnold and the felonious restraint of Adam Evans.

The judge accepted the plea deal and assessed Davenport the four prison terms, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Joplin police say Davenport is a self-proclaimed member of the Joplin Honkies, which authorities describe as a loosely knit gang of state prison origin.

Davenport committed all three crimes within a two-week period. He was accused of assisting Joren Clay, 42, in the assault on Ivy, 47, on May 3, 2010, at a home on South Connor Avenue.

Clay, who is scheduled to go to trial in the case next week, wanted Ivy out of the apartment they shared because he reportedly believed Ivy had taken advantage of a woman they knew, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing.

Clay told police that Davenport beat Ivy with a wooden baton, although Davenport claimed that Clay was the perpetrator. Three police officers were making their way up a darkened staircase of the apartment house where the alleged assault took place when Clay emerged from an upstairs apartment. He was instructed to go below while the officers proceeded to clear the apartment.

One of the officers testified at the hearing that he heard another man call out “Honkie Honkie” from the apartment above before he saw a man come out of the apartment covered in blood and then duck back inside. He identified the man as Davenport, who police believe escaped out a window and was caught a short time later.

Ivy was found inside the apartment with the septum between his nostrils slit, a little finger cut off, his face swollen and bloodied, and bruises all over his body. A probable-cause affidavit alleged that the assailants also used a pair of pliers to extract some of Ivy’s teeth, although there was no testimony to that effect at the defendants’ preliminary hearing.

The plea deal with Davenport covers a crime that took place just a few hours earlier on May 2, 2010, at Davenport’s apartment on Fourth Street. Evans testified at the hearing last year that Davenport lured him to his place, sat him down in a chair and began beating him because he mistakenly believed Evans had stolen a gun that belonged to Davenport and another defendant, Anthony Cox.

Davenport also pleaded guilty to stabbing Arnold in the arm with a pocketknife on April 23, 2010, in the 900 block of West Fourth Street. A Jasper County sheriff’s deputy witnessed that assault.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Pseudoephedrine sales in Pittsburg to require prescription

    Starting Friday, those who purchase pseudoephedrine and related products in Pittsburg will need a prescription to do so.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cherokee County Commission accepts general counsel's resignation

    Kevin Cure, who has served as general counsel for the Cherokee County Commission since 2005, submitted a handwritten resignation to the board on Monday in the aftermath of a landfill controversy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Parents can get help with school supplies

    I don’t know much about demographics other than the fact that I no longer belong to a “targeted demographic.” When I was younger, I was bombarded by commercials and ads from companies that were trying to sell me things that I not only needed but wanted.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jasper County Commission reviews traffic plans

    The Jasper County Commission will hold public hearings today and Thursday on a number of traffic changes proposed in the county. No one spoke when the first hearing was held Tuesday as part of the regular commission meeting, according to Jim Honey, Eastern District associate commissioner.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin school board reviews audit procedures

    A team from the Missouri State Auditor’s Office has begun requesting documents in its task to audit the operations and management of the Joplin School District, the audit manager told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin man to stand trial in accident case

    A passenger accused of causing an accident on Interstate 44 in Joplin that injured three others as well as himself was ordered bound over for trial Tuesday on three felony counts.

    July 22, 2014

  • r072214soroptimist3.jpg Volunteers spend week providing camp experience to foster youths

    Karen McGlamery is a massage therapist. Terri Falis-Cochran is a finance manager. Jane McCaulley is a retired art teacher. But for a week each summer, the three are among dozens of area residents who become camp counselors.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Neosho school board hires company to manage substitutes

    Citing its hopes of shifting health care costs and utilizing more time from retired teachers, the Neosho Board of Education granted a contract Monday to a temporary employee company to manage its substitute teacher program.

    July 22, 2014

  • Main Street TIF district study to begin

    A measure that allows the city to charge its $15,000 in administrative costs for studying a proposal to create a tax increment financing district on South Main Street was approved Monday by the Joplin City Council.

    July 21, 2014

  • Carthage man pleads guilty in sexual abuse case

    A Carthage man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl in a plea agreement that would cap the length of his prison term at no more than 15 years.

    July 21, 2014

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is insisting that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined. Do you think those kinds of measures should be taken?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter