- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A man was convicted of second-degree murder and given two life sentences in the death of a Joplin man he and others mistakenly believed had a large amount of cash and drugs.

Eighteen-year-old Daniel Hartman was convicted Thursday in the July 2012 shooting death of 23-year-old Jacob Wages.

Hartman was first convicted of first-degree murder and other charges but those convictions were vacated when jurors could not unanimously agree to sentence him to life in prison without parole. Jurors then found him guilty of second-degree murder and recommended life sentences with the possibility of parole.

The Joplin Globe reports (https://bit.ly/1bd79U1 ) Hartman and three others went to Wages’ home to rob him of a stash of Ecstasy pills and $5,000 in cash. They found no Ecstasy or cash at the house.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com

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