Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder

8 years 4 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, November 08 2011 Nov 8, 2011 Tuesday, November 08, 2011 6:25:38 AM CST November 08, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A Springfield man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his roommate.

Forty-three-year-old Jeffrey Wooderson was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

Wooderson beat 57-year-old Gary Russell to death with a golf club in March 2010 while Russell was sleeping. Wooderson was arrested in Arkansas after a police chase that began in Branson.

Police say in court records that Wooderson told them he snapped after arguing with Russell about money.

KY3-TV reports that Wooderson's pleaded guilty a week before his scheduled trial.

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