- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a man sleeping at a vacation home.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on Thursday announced the sentence for 26-year-old Zachary Clampitt, formerly of Park Hills. Clampitt is already in prison for assaulting a police officer and property damage.

The killing happened in April 2012, while 57-year-old Thomas Espy of St. Louis and two friends were staying at a hunting cabin he owned in Reynolds County. Clampitt and another man, Tyson Fortner, were burglarizing a tool shed and vehicles at the home when Clampitt noticed Espy asleep on the couch, and shot him.

Fortner previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He received a 15-year sentence as part of a plea agreement, and testified against Clampitt.



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