Schrader changes plea in deadly DWI case in Joplin
JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – James Schrader changes his plea to guilty for a DWI crash that resulted in the death of a Webb City resident.
The crash happened on September 16, 2017, at Lone Elm Road and Murphy Boulevard in Joplin.
Police say Schrader was driving a pickup that hit a car head-on. Four people were in the car. One of them, Nicole Sawyer, 27, died at the hospital the next day.
Prosecutors charged him with DWI-Death of Another and two counts of DWI-Serious Physical Injury.
Schrader was scheduled to go to trial in May, but instead changed his plea to guilty on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.