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Judge gives 40 years to man convicted of stabbing outside Joplin rescue ministry

JOPLIN, Mo. - A man convicted in a 2017 Joplin stabbing hears his sentence today in Jasper County District Court. 

A judge sentenced Bradley Cook to 40 years for stabbing a man multiple times outside Watered Gardens rescue ministry in 2017. The victim survived. Cook received 25 years for assault and 15 years for armed criminal action.

On October 28th, 2017, Joplin Police Officers responded to Watered Gardens (531 S. Kentucky Ave) for a reported stabbing.

According to court documents, Cook got into a physical fight with the victim, Allen Johnson. During the fight, authorities say Cook produced a knife and stabbed Johnson multiple times in the upper torso and behind his knee.

EMS took Johnson to Mercy Hospital.

Police say multiple witnesses identified Cook as the person who stabbed Johnson.

Cook's jury trial began on September 9th, 2019 and lasted two days. The jury found him guilty.

Cook will be eligible for parole after serving 85% of his sentence.

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