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Savannah, MO (2013-01-14)
A St. Joseph man has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the death of a northwest Missouri general contractor.
Andrew County Circuit Judge Weldon Judah on Monday gave 42-year-old Vance Gossett the sentence recommended earlier by prosecutors. Gossett had pleaded guilty to robbery and second-degree murder for the killing of Kenneth D. Wilson Jr. The 41-year-old victim was found dead in the driveway of his rural Savannah home last April 5. Wilson owned a general contracting business in St. Joseph, where Gossett lived. Gossett told the court in November that he hit Wilson twice in the head with a crowbar, then set his body on fire. He also admitted taking Wilson's cellphone and ATM card.
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