- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri woman charged with assaulting a Somali woman pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Deanne Rodarmel pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor assault charge. She was originally charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

The Joplin Globe reports the 44-year-old Rodarmel was placed on two years’ probation.

The victim, 20-year-old Fatima Mohamed, of Noel, said the three people shouted racial slurs at her and hit her at a Noel park while she was on a break from her job in October 2016.

Another woman, 23-year-old Ashli Helmuth, of Noel, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in April. The third defendant, 34-year-old Michael Miller, of Noel is accused of shooting a handgun at the ground and the air to intimidate Mohamed. His pretrial conference is scheduled for Aug. 15.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com


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