Tuesday, January 13, 2015

No new trial for Carthage man on armed robbery conviction

A Carthage man sentenced in 2013 to 10 and 3-year prison terms after robbing two Joplin men will not receive a new trial.

The Missouri Southern District Court of Appeals, in a decision handed down today, affirmed the conviction of Terrell Prine, 30, on charges of robbery and armed criminal action. A Jasper County jury found Prine guilty June 20, 2013.

Prine's crime was detailed in the appellate court's opinion"

On the evening of January 14, 2012, Prine, intoxicated, had his girlfriend drive him to the home of Bradley Clark (“Clark”) to collect fifteen dollars that Clark owed Prine.

When Clark refused to pay Prine because Clark only had a fifty dollar bill, Prine became angry and told Clark he was going out to his girlfriend’s car to retrieve his gun. Prine returned to Clark’s home with his gun (wearing gloves), kicked in the front door, took two steps inside, and fired the gun. Prine
took the fifty dollars from Clark, then threatened to kill a second man in the house, Gary Mitchell (“Mitchell”), unless Mitchell gave Prine his money.

 Prine left Clark’s house in his girlfriend’s car after taking about two hundred dollars from Mitchell, but was later apprehended and arrested.

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