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"Joplin Honkey" gang member pleads guilty to brutal assault

Joren Clay Joren Clay
Christopher Davenport Christopher Davenport

Updated November 10, 2011 - 12:35 PM CST:  A second member of a Missouri prison gang pleads guilty to a brutal assault in Joplin.

Two known members of the Joplin Honkies will head back to prison after beating and torturing a Joplin man.  Officers say in May 2010 Phillip Ivy, 46, was stabbed in the thigh and foot, his finger had been cut off, and several of the bones in his face broken.  Prosecutors say Ivy was so badly beaten he was unable to speak for months after the assault.

Two men were charged in the case.

Last month, Christopher Davenport received a 17 year sentence for the assault.

This week, the second suspect, Joren Clay, pled guilty to first degree assault and armed criminal action.  His sentencing is set for January.

Updated August 23, 2010 - 6:10 PM CST

A self-proclaimed member of a gang pleads not guilty to torturing and maiming a man in Joplin.

Police say back in May, Christopher Davenport seriously injured a man by cutting off his finger, trying to pull out his teeth with pliers, and stabbing the man in the feet.

And just hours earlier, police say Davenport and two other men handcuffed, beat and threatened to kill another man.

On Monday, Davenport, a member of the Joplin Honkies, plead not guilty.

A trial date is set for November 4.

Updated August 12, 2010 - 1:30 PM CST

A member of a Joplin gang known as the "Honkies" will go trial in an assault case where the victim was tortured.

Christopher Davenport is charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action.

He and another man are accused of torturing Phillip Ivy.

Police say Davenport beat Ivy in the head and face with a wooden baton, cut off one of his fingers, pulled his teeth out with pliers, and stabbed his feet.

Prosecutors say Ivy was so badly beaten he is still unable to speak four months after the April assault.

Davenport is also charged with two other violent attacks in the days before the incident.

Police say he stabbed a man in the arm in one attack and in the other he handcuffed and beat a man.

The Joplin Honkies are a Missouri prison gang.

Updated May 6, 2010 - 4:25 PM CST

JASPER COUNTY, MO. - Christopher Davenport is charged in three separate incidents that appear to have escalated in seriousness.

Early Monday morning Davenport is accused of seriously injuring a man by cutting off his finger, trying to pull out his teeth with pliers, and stabbing the man in the feet.

Just hours earlier police say Davenport and two other men are charged with handcuffing, beating and threatening to kill another man.

And just two weeks earlier Davenport is accused of stabbing a man in the arm.

Davenport is known by police to be in an area gang known as the "Joplin Honkeys".

On Thursday Davenport plead not guilty to first and second degree assault, and felonious restraint.

Updated May 6, 2010 - 12:50 PM CST

JOPLIN, MO. - Two Joplin men charged with cutting off another man's finger appear in court Thursday morning.

Court proceedings for the two men accused of beating Phillip Ivy earlier this week.

Christopher Davenport entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to the charge of first degree assault.

On Monday police say Davenport and Joren Clay beat Ivy with a wooden baton, breaking his back and bones in his face.

Clay has also plead not guilty to the charges.

Clay and the victim are roommates and the incident happened at their apartment.

According to court documents the two men also tried to pull Ivy's teeth out with pliers.

Police say Davenport claims to be associated with a gang in the area known as the Joplin Honkeys.

Updated May 4, 2010 - 4:40 PM CST

Assault charges are filed against two men accused of stabbing and beating a man in his Joplin home.

Joren Clay and Christopher Davenport, both of Joplin, are now charged with first degree assault with serious physical injury following an incident Monday morning.

Davenport has other charges pending against him including felonious restraint and second degree assault.  These charges are not in connection with Monday's incident.

Reported May 3, 2010 - 5:51 PM CST

JOPLIN, MO. - Joplin police say a man was stabbed in the thigh and foot, his finger had been cut off, and several bones in his face were broken.

Now, two suspects are in custody.

Officers say 46-year-old Phillip Ivey, 46, was stabbed at a home on the 300 block of South Connor.

Police have charged Christopher Davenport and Joren Clay with first degree assault with serious physical injury

"This is not your usual call in regards to an assault," says Lt. Brian Lewis of the Joplin Police Department.  "This could have easily been more serious than it was.  I mean they are serious injuries, but it could easily have been something more serious than this."

At last check, the victim was in intensive care.

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