Homeless man sentenced to life in prison for homicide
INDEPENDENCE (AP) - A homeless man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting a man to death at an Independence motel in 2013.
A Jackson County judge sentenced 38-year-old Vaughn L. Krepps Wednesday to two life sentences for second-degree murder and armed criminal action. The sentences will be served concurrently.
The Independence Examiner reports court documents indicate Krepps was preparing to finish tattoo work on some people at a Super 6 Motel in Independence. Witnesses told police that Krepps suddenly stood, looked at the victim, Thomas Kuether, and said, "What did you just say?" He then pulled a handgun shot Kuether.
Kuether died at an Independence hospital from a single gunshot to his abdomen.