Missouri man gets 15 years for murder, burglary

1 year 7 months 1 week ago Tuesday, June 13 2017 Jun 13, 2017 Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9:29:07 AM CDT June 13, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) — A third defendant has been sentenced for participating in a southwest Missouri robbery in which a guest at a victim's home fatally shot an accomplice.

The Joplin Globe reports that 39-year-old Shawn Hency, of Carthage, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for second-degree murder and two first-degree burglary counts.

Joplin police say Hency was one of four men who broke into two homes in March 2015 looking for money and drugs. At the second home, a guest killed 32-year-old Michael Dean in a shooting that was deemed justified.

A second co-defendant received a similar sentence, while a third was released on probation after 120 days in a prison treatment center.

Hency's mother said prescription drugs prescribed after back surgeries led to depression and hospitalization for suicide attempts.

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