Joplin man sentenced after plea deal in kidnapping case

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Jasper County Judge sentences a Joplin man in two separate cases. One was a kidnapping case in which prosecutors dropped the kidnapping charge after a plea deal.

Benjamin Bartlett pleaded guilty in both cases on March 21, 2022. The Court dropped some of the charges in both cases. You can read more details on the plea deals below.

On June 14, a judge sentenced Bartlett to 5 years probation in each case. Those sentences will run at the same time.

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On December 4, 2021, Joplin police officers responded to the area of 8th and Sergeant Avenue. Someone reported unknown trouble, according to the Joplin Police Department at the time.

Police heard a suspect driving a Honda Sedan forced an adult male to leave with him. They later learned the victim was in the backseat of the vehicle and the suspect was holding him at gunpoint. The suspect allegedly took the victim’s cell phone and refused to let him get out of the vehicle as it left the area.

A short time later, officers found the suspected vehicle near 7th and Central City Road. They tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled. The police chase ended at 7th and Highland Avenue. The driver got out of the vehicle and started running, but officers caught him and took him into custody.

The suspect had left the victim at 7th and Central City Road. Officers found him unharmed.

The Joplin Police Department identified the suspect as 21-year-old Benjamin E. Bartlett of Joplin. Authorities had two active felony warrants for his arrest out of Jasper County.


In 2021. the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges of 2nd Degree Kidnapping, Resisting Arrest and Armed Criminal Action.

Plea Deal

On March 21, 2022, as part of a plea deal, Bartlett plead guilty to each count. However, prosecutors dropped the kidnapping and armed criminal action charges.


On June 14, Jasper County Judge Gayle Crane sentenced Bartlett to 5 years of probation.

“It is the judgment and sentence of the Court that the Defendant be committed to the Department of Corrections for a term of Four (4) years for the crime of Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop By Fleeing, a Class E felony. Counts I and II are dismissed. Execution of sentence is suspended and Defendant is placed on probation for a term of Five (5) years under the supervision of the State Board of Probation and Parole..” – Court Documents state


The second case against Benjamin Bartlett is a drug and DWI case. He pleaded guilty to a Class D Felony Possession and a Class B Misdemeanor DWI. Judge Crane sentenced him to 5 years of probation in this case, as well.