Man Convicted and Sentenced in Joplin Homicide

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Friday, January 31 2014 Jan 31, 2014 Friday, January 31, 2014 5:49:00 AM CST January 31, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) - A jury convicted a Joplin man of second-degree murder in the death of a man believed to have a large amount of cash and drugs. A judge gave Daniel Hartman two life sentences.

The jury convicted 18-year-old Hartman Thursday in the July 2012 shooting death of 23-year-old Jacob Wages.

Hartman was first convicted of first-degree murder and other charges but those convictions were vacated when jurors could not unanimously agree to sentence him to life in prison without parole. Jurors then found him guilty of second-degree murder and recommended life sentences with the possibility of parole.

The Joplin Globe reports Hartman and three others went to Wages' home to rob him of a stash of Ecstasy pills and $5,000 in cash. They found no Ecstasy or cash at the house.

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