Central Missouri man pleads guilty to murder, gets life
CALIFORNIA (AP) - A central Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his son-in-law.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 69-year-old Donald L. Bateman received the sentence after pleading guilty Friday to first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Antoine E. Johnson. The probable cause statement said the men got into an argument in September while working together on a water heater at the home where they lived together in the Missouri town of California.
The statement said Bateman was drunk and became upset because Johnson threatened to fight him. Bateman is accused of leaving the room, coming back with a gun and shooting Johnson twice.