A young Joplin man will be taken off life support Sunday after being declared brain dead as a result of injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident, according to local television reports.
Charges will be likely be upgraded after Jamison Alexander, 18, a senior at Joplin High School, dies. The police arrested Travis Wyrick, 18, Joplin, on Thursday night, according to the Globe.The teenager has one prior conviction. He entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge May 6, 2004, before Judge Richard Copeland in Jasper County Circuit Court.
The court records indicate that he pleaded guilty to the marijuana charge as part of a plea agreement and that he originally had been charged with a more serious crime.
The records indicate that Wyrick received a $500 fine, was assessed $91.50 in court costs, $150 for drug testing costs, and $10 for the crime victims' compensation fund.
Wyrick's current case has also been assigned to Judge Copeland, according to court records.