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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Plea negotiations

  • Arnold Pargeon doesn’t appear to have a looming trial.
    Wednesday was supposed to be the preliminary hearing for the man accused and charged with three felonies, but a mutual motion to continue the hearing was accepted by Associate Circuit Judge David Mobley.
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  • Arnold Pargeon doesn’t appear to have a looming trial.
    Wednesday was supposed to be the preliminary hearing for the man accused and charged with three felonies, but a mutual motion to continue the hearing was accepted by Associate Circuit Judge David Mobley.
    Pargeon is charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree domestic assault and felonious restraint.
    Since his arrest in September, Pargeon’s appearance made him stand out. His overgrown beard that reached his torso left him vulnerable to many comments on social media sites, but for his third court appearance since being taken into custody, Pargeon was clean shaven and nearly unrecognizable as he was escorted into the New London courthouse by a Ralls County Sheriff’s Deputy.
    Inside the courtroom, Pargeon appeared to have a limp and trembling wrists when he approached the judge’s bench. The 51-year-old didn’t say anything, his attorney, Public Defender Jennifer Richardson, and Ralls County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Rapp did the talking.
    Mobley’s acceptance of a continuance means Pargeon has to reappear in court Nov. 14, but again, it may not happen. Richardson told Mobley she and Rapp “anticipate a plea on Nov. 14.”
    The felonious restraint and domestic assault charges are Class C felonies while the attempted murder charge is a Class B felony. Conviction on all three charges could land Pargeon in prison for years, however, a plea deal could result in a lesser charge or charges.
    Pargeon’s next Ralls County Court appearance is scheduled for the afternoon docket at 1:30 p.m.
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