- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A third defendant has been sentenced for participating in a southwest Missouri robbery in which a guest at a victim’s home fatally shot an accomplice.

The Joplin Globe (https://bit.ly/2s5XY4X ) reports that 39-year-old Shawn Hency, of Carthage, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for second-degree murder and two first-degree burglary counts.

Joplin police say Hency was one of four men who broke into two homes in March 2015 looking for money and drugs. At the second home, a guest killed 32-year-old Michael Dean in a shooting that was deemed justified.

A second co-defendant received a similar sentence, while a third was released on probation after 120 days in a prison treatment center.

Hency’s mother said prescription drugs prescribed after back surgeries led to depression and hospitalization for suicide attempts.

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

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