MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — A Marionville woman received suspended impositions of sentences and probation when she pleaded guilty this week to assault and weapon charges related to an incident with her neighbors.

Donna F. Fletcher, 48, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lawrence County Circuit Court to first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon in a plea deal dismissing a related count of armed criminal action and allowing the suspended sentences and probation.

Judge Jack Goodman accepted the plea deal and granted the defendant a suspended imposition of sentence on each count with five years of supervised probation. The judge further ordered that Fletcher perform 200 hours of community service.

A probable-cause affidavit states that Fletcher threatened neighbors Benjamin Edwards, Michelle Adams and Dee Ann Adams on July 19, 2017, in the 300 block of East Odell Street in Marionville. Edwards told police that she entered his yard yelling at him, and took out a knife and threatened to stab him in front of his two children.

The Adamses told police that Fletcher did the same to them, with a fourth neighbor corroborating their accounts though Fletcher denied having issued any threats, according to the affidavit.

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe.