Plea deal in Joplin kidnapping & assault case
JOPLIN, Mo. — Moses Ramsey, of Joplin, pleaded guilty on January 14th, 2019, to second degree kidnapping, second degree assault and stealing. A judge sentenced him to ten years for the kidnapping charge and ten years for both assault and stealing. The sentences are to be serve concurrently (at the same time), so Ramsey will spend ten years in prison.
Ramsey was originally charged with kidnapping, robbery, assault and armed criminal action.
The crime happened on June 27th, 2018.
Joplin Police responded to a call about a male that had been assaulted and tied up at 2025 South Murphy Avenue.
Detectives arrived at the house and spoke to a female through the secured door. Authorities say she refused to open it. Detectives say they forced entry into the home based on the knowledge that Moses Ramsey was inside and had city warrants out for his arrest. Police arrested Ramsey who was found hiding in a closet.
Authorities found a male victim in the home with head trauma and other injuries from being assaulted. METS and Joplin Fire immediately began medical treatment and took the victim to a local hospital.
Ramsey was arrested and charged with first degree kidnapping, first degree robbery, first degree assault and armed criminal actions. He also had city warrants for his arrest. On October 10th, 2018, a motion to set bond was denied and a jury trial was scheduled for January 22nd, 2019.
24-year-old Sergio Zuniga of Webb City was also arrested in the case for first degree kidnapping, second degree assault and armed criminal action along with a Newton County warrant.
Zuniga is scheduled to appear in court on February 11th, 2019.
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