Man accused of scamming elderly takes plea offer

A Reeds man implicated in alleged scams and thefts in Jasper County primarily involving elderly victims pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of burglary in a plea agreement. Shawn D. Houston, 30, pleaded guilty in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin to counts of first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary in a plea deal that would dismiss counts of stealing and financial exploitation of an elderly person.

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