- Associated Press - Thursday, August 3, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City, Missouri, man has been ordered to spend 27 years in prison for the shooting death last year of a female with whom he had lived.

A Jackson County judge sentenced Dewayne Cornelius on Thursday in Kansas City, where a jury convicted him in June of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Cornelius was ordered to simultaneously serve 27-year sentences on each count.

Cornelius was found guilty of having fatally shot 27-year-old Nicole Appleberry in the back in May 2015 during a domestic dispute at the home they shared. Witnesses reported that Cornelius told them he had committed the killing.

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