Man gets life term for southwestern Missouri shooting death
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the 2014 southwestern Missouri shooting death of a 21-year-old man.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that a Greene County judge imposed the life term on Brian S. Jones for his conviction of second-degree murder, along with a consecutive 10-year sentence for second-degree assault.
Forty-two-year-old Jones was found guilty in December in the death of Charles Cortez, who authorities said was killed after a drug deal.
On Tuesday, a prosecutor asked a judge to impose the harshest possible punishment on Jones, saying Jones committed eight felonies since 1999.
Jones' attorney countered that his client has had a "horrible, horrible meth addiction for most of his life," and this his criminal past was mostly non-violent.