Man Found Guilty in St. Joseph Stabbing Death

7 years 8 months 1 week ago Friday, April 01 2011 Apr 1, 2011 Friday, April 01, 2011 6:21:00 AM CDT April 01, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press

ST. JOSEPH (AP) -- A Kansas City man faces life in prison after being convicted in the stabling death of a St. Joseph man. A Buchanan County jury on Thursday found Richard Williams guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the May 2010 death of 48-year-old John Joslin. The same jury recommended a sentence of life in prison plus 30 years.

Williams admitted stabbing Joslin, but argued it was in self-defense. Joslin was stabbed at his home.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that his relatives testified during the sentencing phase Thursday that Joslin was a good man who began using drugs to deal with pain from two injured knees.

Sentencing was scheduled for May 19.

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