Missouri man gets life in prison in death of hotel manager
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southeast Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 40 years for killing a hotel night manager last year.
Forty-five-year-old Joseph Bowens of Poplar Bluff was sentenced Tuesday. He was found guilty of first-degree murder in April.
The manager, 50-year-old Scott Knopfel of St. Louis, was fatally shot during a robbery on Jan. 15, 2015, at a Drury Inn & Suites hotel near Interstate 44 in St. Louis. Police say Knopfel was shot in the chest and face.
Bowens was captured days later. He had previous convictions for a drug crime, robbery, assault, and driving while intoxicated, and had repeatedly violated terms of his probation and parole.