Third defendant pleads guilty in Joplin murder

2 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, April 04 2017 Apr 4, 2017 Tuesday, April 04, 2017 2:01:00 PM CDT April 04, 2017 in News
Source: AP
By: The Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) — A third defendant in a Joplin home-invasion case involving the fatal shooting of a co-conspirator has pleaded guilty to felony murder and burglary counts.

The Joplin Globe reports that 39-year-old Shawn Hency of Carthage pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court to second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree burglary as part of a plea deal.

Joplin police say Hency was one of four men who committed two home invasions in March 2015. One of the suspects, 32-year-old Michael Dean, was shot and killed during the second break-in. A guest at the home fatally shot Dean in what police say was a justified shooting.

Hency's plea would limit the prison time he could receive to 12 years for the murder conviction and 15 years for each burglary count.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 4.

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