Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Joplin man pleads guilty, sentenced to 120 days shock time for resisting arrest, assaulting police officer, K9

A Joplin man was sentenced to four years in prison in Jasper County Circuit Court today for resisting arrest, but will spend only 120 days behind bars.

The shock incarceration was part of the plea agreement Tucker Hall, 22, reached with the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

Judge Dean Dankelson also sentenced Hall to 120 days for assaulting a police officer and 15 days for assaulting a police animal.

The crimes occurred following a July 23 altercation at Casey's General Store, 2808 W. 7th. Police were called to Casey's about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot, according to the probable cause statement.

When Joplin Police Department officer Jason Sandbothe approached the vehicle, the officer saw Hall, who was on the passenger side, putting something under the driver's seat, according to the probable cause statement.

Being aware that Hall had two outstanding felony probation violation warrants and a domestic assault warrant, Sandbothe asked Hall to get out of the car so he could take him into custody.

"Tucker then assaulted me by shoving me with both hands and fled on foot. I grabbed ahold of Tucker's t-shirt, but the shirt ripped and he continued to flee."

Sandbothe called out for Hall to stop, but he continued running.

"I chased Tucker to a wooded area where I lost sight of him and asked for assistance from a K9 officer."

The K9, Pax, located Hall. hiding between a concrete wall and fence at 815 S. Schifferdecker Avenue. Hall put his arms around the dog's neck and tried to choke him before Hall was taken into custody, according to the statement.

The item Hall is alleged to have placed under the driver's eat was a Glock 22 .40 handgun.

Hall has prior felony convictions for theft and vehicle tampering.

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