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Man Convicted and Sentenced in Joplin Homicide

Posted: Jan 31, 2014 6:49 AM by The Associated Press
Updated: Jan 31, 2014 7:07 AM

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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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