A man from Nixa will spend several years in prison for charges stemming from the stabbing of a teenage girl that occurred at his house.
Prosecutors say Joe Dutton entered into an Alford Plea earlier this week on charges of:
- Endangering the welfare of a child
- Resisting arrest
- Two counts of assault
According to investigators, a teenage girl was at Dutton’s home and was stabbed several times.
Several people had arrived at the home in June of 2021 for a fight that was expected to happen.
The victim’s mother said her daughter and Dutton’s had previous disputes, and that Dutton’s daughter had threatened her several times prior to the stabbing.
It is unclear to KWTO whether Dutton or his daughter stabbed the victim.
The Alford Plea is not an admission of guilt, but an admission that the prosecution had more than enough evidence to get a conviction in the case. He was sentenced to five years in prison.