Jefferson City man to serve 25 years after pleading guilty
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City man pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges and was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison, Cole County prosecuting attorney announced Thursday.
Joe Stevens, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of domestic assault in the second degree, one count of assault in the second degree and unlawful use of a weapon. Stevens was set to be tried by a Cole County jury in November for two of his cases.
According to the prosecuting attorney, Stevens committed multiple offenses against household members between fall 2012 and winter 2013. He was incarcerated for the charges of domestic assault in the second degree, assault in the second degree, statutory rape and child molestation. Stevens was released on bond in November 2013.
In April 2014, Stevens was additionally charged with another account of domestic assault in the second degree, another account of assault in the second degree and unlawful use of a weapon. He was subsequently sent to Cole County Jail to await trial where he remained until his plea, the prosecuting attorney said.
Stevens also pleaded guilty to several misdemeanor charges for violation of an order of protection and possession of marijuana.