Homeless man pleads guilty to assault charge

A homeless man pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor assault in connection with a robbery investigation from October 2013 in Jefferson City.

Antony Gossett, 26, was ordered to do five days of shock detention, but given credit for already serving five days in jail.

The robbery occurred in the 2500 block of Scenic Drive. Court documents show the victim and Gossett had engaged in sexual activity, and Gossett had asked for $100 after he had put his clothes back on.

The victim did not have $100, and Gossett eventually got a handgun and put it to the man’s head. The victim gave Gossett $37 and tried to call police with a cellphone. Gossett knocked the cellphone out of the victim’s hand.

The victim then ran out of the residence and went to a neighbor’s house to call 911. Gossett fled on foot and wasn’t caught until a day after the robbery.

The victim had earlier identified Gossett in photo lineup as the robber.

During an interview with authorities, Gossett said this was all a misunderstanding and that the weapon was a BB pistol.

He said he was trying to sell the pistol to the victim and they both “freaked out” and ran out of the residence.

Gossett said he threw the pistol away in an unknown area and denied stealing any property from the victim.

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