Man gets life term for southwestern Missouri shooting death

4 weeks 14 hours 39 minutes ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:42:50 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the 2014 southwestern Missouri shooting death of a 21-year-old man.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that a Greene County judge imposed the life term on Brian S. Jones for his conviction of second-degree murder, along with a consecutive 10-year sentence for second-degree assault.

Forty-two-year-old Jones was found guilty in December in the death of Charles Cortez, who authorities said was killed after a drug deal.

On Tuesday, a prosecutor asked a judge to impose the harshest possible punishment on Jones, saying Jones committed eight felonies since 1999.

Jones' attorney countered that his client has had a "horrible, horrible meth addiction for most of his life," and this his criminal past was mostly non-violent.

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