By Jeff Lehr
JOPLIN, Mo. —
A 19-year-old rural Seneca man has been sent to prison for five years for drunken driving involving an injury accident less than two years after committing the same offense.
Dalton L. Anderson pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin to two counts of second-degree assault for operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in an injury accident.
The defendant was driving a vehicle that crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on Nov. 14 at the intersection of Fountain Road and Madison Avenue in Webb City. The driver of the other vehicle, Wayman Bryant, and a passenger in Anderson’s vehicle, Alana Emmons, as well as Anderson, were injured in the collision, according to court records.
Anderson pleaded guilty to the charges in a plea deal with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office that limited the prison time that he might be assessed to five years on each count and called for the terms to run concurrently. He was facing up to seven years on each count.
Circuit Judge David Dally accepted the plea deal and assessed Anderson the prison term.
At the time of the accident in Webb City, Anderson was on probation in Newton County for the same offense. Court records show that he received a suspended imposition of sentence in Newton County Circuit Court on a conviction for second-degree assault by operating a vehicle while intoxicated in an injury accident on Jan. 15, 2011.
While he received a suspended sentence and five years on probation, he was required to serve almost three months of shock incarceration at the Newton County Jail on the prior conviction. A probation violation was filed in Newton County following his arrest in the Jasper County case.
Judge David Dally ordered that Dalton Anderson’s five-year sentences in Jasper County run concurrently to whatever length of sentence he may be required to complete in Newton County.