Man sentenced to life in prison for Columbia homicide

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A man who arranged the shooting death of a disabled man he cared for has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

A Boone County circuit judge on Monday sentenced 25-year-old James R. Thompson for first-degree murder. He was convicted in January for giving another man $10,000, a car and a gun to kill 46-year-old Brian Daniels in April 2013.

Daniels was an artist who had been awarded an almost $5 million settlement after he suffered severe injuries in a fire at his Warrensburg apartment nearly 10 years ago.

Prosecutors said Thompson forged Daniels’ will and power of attorney so he could inherit Daniels’ fortune.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Casey Lewis, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, was convicted last week of first-degree murder for helping with Daniels’ death.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune