Glasgow sentenced for drug trafficking, awaiting fate in fatal DWI

Glasgow Sentenced For Drug Trafficking Awaiting Fate In Fatal Dwi
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JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin woman already spending prison time is sentenced for drug trafficking – and will soon learn her fate in a fatal DWI case.

Rita Glasgow is currently serving a 7-year prison term for a 2017 charge of possession of a controlled substance in Jasper County. In 2019, she entered a guilty plea agreeing to take part in a court program. However, she did not complete that program. So, in February of 2022, a judge sentenced her to 7 years for this crime.

A second case against Glasgow is from 2020 in Newton County. Prosecutors charged her with drug trafficking. On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, Newton County Judge Gregory Stremel sentenced her to 4 years in prison – to run at the same time as her 7-year sentence.

Glasgow will soon learn her sentence for charges in a 2021 fatal DWI in Jasper County.

 2021 DWI fatal crash

In May of 2022, Glasgow pleaded guilty to DWI death of 2 or more people, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As part of the deal, prosecutors dropped the charge of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle.

The Court scheduled a sentencing hearing for Glasgow for July 25, 2022.


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On January 3rd, 2021, at 3:56 pm the Joplin Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting a crash near the intersection of 28th and Connecticut Avenue.

During the initial investigation, officers learned there was a Ford SUV traveling north on Connecticut Avenue. This Ford SUV was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup traveling west on 28th Street at a high rate of speed.

According to police, the Chevrolet Silverado failed to stop at a stop sign at 28th Street and Connecticut Avenue, resulting in a crash with the Ford SUV.

The driver of the Ford SUV, Terry Copple, age 55 of Joplin, and the passenger, Rhonda Copple, age 48 of Joplin, both died of injuries sustained during the crash.

The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado, Rita M. Glasgow, age 30 of Joplin, was transported to a local hospital for serious injuries.

Police determined that Glasgow was driving while intoxicated, had methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her possession, and the Chevrolet Silverado she was driving was reported as stolen.

Glasgow also had active felony warrants out of Jasper County for Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance.