2 more defendants sentenced in murder case
PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Two more men have been convicted in a 2014 home invasion killing in southwest Missouri.
Twenty-four-year-old Robert Jackson, of Webb City, and 21-year-old Richard Knee Jr., of Joplin, were sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and burglary. The Joplin Globe reports that before reaching a plea deal with prosecutors, they had been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 35-year-old Rodney Frederick.
Prosecutors say Jackson's uncle, 33-year-old Carl Jackson, of Webb City, shot and killed Frederick with an assault rifle when the defendants burst into Frederick's home near Jane, expecting to find a large cache of marijuana. Carl Jackson was convicted last month of first-degree murder and other charges in the killing. Two others were tied up before Frederick was shot.