Joplin man sentenced in home-invasion killing of accomplice
JOPLIN (AP) — A Joplin man who was participating in a home robbery when a guest there fatally shot an accomplice has avoided a long sentence.
The Joplin Globe reported 21-year-old Dakota Pliler was sentenced Thursday for second-degree murder and two counts of burglary. Under the sentence, he will be sent to a state prison program in which he will be reviewed for probation in four months.
The defense sought leniency, saying Pliler completed more than 500 hours in drug treatment and obtained his high school equivalency certificate.
Prosecutors said Pliler, 21-year-old Dakota Bate and 38-year-old Shawn Hency bound an occupant in another home before breaking into the home where 32-year-old Michael Dean was killed in March 2015.
Bate was sentenced to 15 years in prison, while Hency's case is pending.