Texas Man Sentenced to 7 years in Mo. Man's Death

4 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, November 06 2013 Nov 6, 2013 Wednesday, November 06, 2013 6:51:16 AM CST November 06, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

PINEVILLE (AP) - A Texas man was sentenced to seven years in prison for the fatal shooting of a southwest Missouri man.

Twenty-eight-year-old Caleb Saddler, of Del Rio, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday for involuntary manslaughter in the May 2012 death of 31-year-old Michael Smith, of Goodman.

The Joplin Globe reports Saddler was originally charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty in September to involuntary manslaughter in a plea deal.

Prosecutors say Smith was shot during a night of drinking at a home near Goodman. His burned body was found about a week later inside a barrel that had been capped with cement and dumped in a ravine about four miles south of Joplin.

 

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