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SEMO student pleads guilty in December assault, is sentenced to probation

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Brett Jones
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The first Southeast Missouri State University student charged in a Dec. 13 assault pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Fred W. Copeland to one year of unsupervised probation.

Brett A. Jones, 19, of St. Clair, Mo., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and trespassing for breaking into a Dunklin Street home and participating in the beating of 21-year-old Blake Carlton. He was arrested Jan. 25.

Four other Southeast students have been charged in connection with the incident. None of those cases has gone to trial yet.

At a preliminary hearing last week for Antonio Garritano, charged with third-degree assault and first-degree burglary in the case, Carlton testified that he suffered severe head injuries from the beating.

Jones, who was on Southeast's 2009 football roster, has said he only hit Carlton in the face once. Jones testified May 13 that Garritano hit Carlton about 15 times.

Jones also testified that he and the other Southeast students went to 1325 Dunklin St. after he had been jumped by several Pikes, members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Southeast, outside another residence on that street. He said they went there to fight whoever assaulted him.

The judge ordered Jones to have no contact with Carlton and, as a special condition of probation, to testify in any proceedings about the assault.

Jones has no prior convictions.

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I can't believe that he just got 1 year UNSUPERVISED Probation. I would think if he's getting probation, that it be a minimum of 5 years and it be supervised. Southeast Football Scholarship should be terminated. This is not what that University needs for advertisement. But just look what they can do, now they can say go here and you don't have to obey the law, and we'll give you a free education. NO ON HIS RETURN TO SCHOOL, AND THE FOOTBALL TEAM.

-- Posted by billsheppard52@gmail.com on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 6:21 PM

What a surprise, I thought Pikes were upstanding citizens. (insert rolling eyes icon here)

-- Posted by almighty on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 6:43 PM

Brett Jones is NOT on the Redhawks football roster. Hasn't been for quite awhile.

-- Posted by redhawkstudent on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 6:50 PM

He had a clean record and he slipped up once. He manned up the to the charges and is helping the prosecution. One year unsupervised probation is about as strict as they needed to get. We are not talking about a repeat offender on his 3rd strike.

-- Posted by NoDisclosure on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 7:13 PM

For ganging up on someone the way they did and beating that poor guy the way they did, he got off scott free! What's going on?

-- Posted by amazedinMO on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 8:31 PM

he rolled over...

he gets the least of it

-- Posted by darkstar on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 8:42 PM

I think he should of got the same as first person said that is bull crap he should get what he got he done wrong. If it would be someone else they would of got alot more and on the same charge.

-- Posted by littlehoney0607 on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 8:45 PM

its a wonder how stupid and immature kids are these days especially if they are in a fraternity wow lets blow our college on being stupid and spend time in jail instead, whats happenimg to our youth today

-- Posted by judgment82 on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 9:00 AM

Jones is not a PIKE. the guy that they attcked was the pike. it's about time that the pikes got the same thing they have given others for years in this town. The Pikes are known in this town not to take people one on one. instead they will run away and come back with a group. The pikes have jumped people more than once.(one person vs a while group of pikes) i say that yes the kid got off easy. then again the pikes needed to get the crap beat out of them.

-- Posted by undertow666 on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 9:20 AM

undertow,

The same could be said about any other frat on campus.

-- Posted by cptfa on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 10:11 AM

yeah, but i heard alot more about he pikes.

-- Posted by undertow666 on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 1:20 PM

Funny, in my fours years as a Pike nothing like that ever happened, undertow. Perhaps what you hear is simply . . . hearsay.

Nevertheless, Mr. Davis got off light for participating in the assault another person in a home invasion. Afterall, this wasn't some barroom brawl or a keg party row. The SE Missouri criminal justice system is generally soft on crime, IMO. I hope they throw the book at the others involved.

-- Posted by Mark Rutledge on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 5:01 PM

I think he should of got the same as first person said that is bull crap he should get what he got he done wrong. If it would be someone else they would of got alot more and on the same charge.

-- Posted by littlehoney0607 on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 8:45 PM

No he wouldn't. He made a deal. The others will get tougher sentences.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 10:40 AM

Funny, in my fours years as a Pike nothing like that ever happened, undertow. Perhaps what you hear is simply . . . hearsay.

Nevertheless, Mr. Davis got off light for participating in the assault another person in a home invasion. Afterall, this wasn't some barroom brawl or a keg party row. The SE Missouri criminal justice system is generally soft on crime, IMO. I hope they throw the book at the others involved.

-- Posted by Mark Rutledge on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 5:01 PM

They probably will be much tougher. This how thing work. They need some cooperation to punish the others.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 10:41 AM

I don't think the legal system works anymore. Its a shame he just learned he can beat people and get away with it. I don't even know why we have laws anymore. This was a complete waste of time for the police, courts & all else it took to get him to this point. Lets declare "Every Man For Himself" and quit pretending there are any laws (or they just apply to certain people).

-- Posted by ArcticFox on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 3:04 PM


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