Third Defendant Pleads Guilty in Joplin Murder

Posted: Feb 11, 2014 6:43 AM by The Associated Press
Updated: Feb 11, 2014 7:46 AM

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JOPLIN (AP) - An Oklahoma man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary in the July 2012 shooting death of a Joplin man.

Eighteen-year-old Elijah Taylor, of Tulsa, Okla., entered the plea Monday in the death of Jacob Wages. Taylor is the third of five suspects in the case to reach plea deals.

The Joplin Globe reports Taylor's plea agreement will cap his possible prison time at no more than 15 years.

The 23-year-old Wages was shot at his home in what investigators say was a mistaken belief that he had drugs and money.

Daniel Hartman, of Tulsa, the presumed shooter, was found guilty of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary two weeks ago. He will be sentenced March 31.

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