- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

KENNETT, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri man pleaded guilty to killing a man after luring him to a McDonald’s parking lot by texting him from a woman’s cellphone.

Matthew Cook of Dexter was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole for the February 2013 shooting death of Sean Crow in Advance. The victim was found dead in his pickup truck.

The Dexter Daily Statesman reports (https://bit.ly/1wuTXXg ) Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver had initially pursued a death sentence but decided to offer the plea deal after a co-defendant refused to testify against Cook.

The second man, Glenn Scott Evans, of Dexter, was sentenced in May to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder.

Cook was one of three men who briefly escaped from the Butler County jail in March 2013.

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Information from: Dexter Daily Statesman, https://www.dailystatesman.com

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