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June 13, 2012

Attorney General Koster announces guilty verdict of Independence man

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Howard Harmon, 34, formerly of Independence, has been found guilty of 1st degree murder and robbery by a Jackson County jury. Harmon faces life in prison with no possibility for parole on the 1st degree murder conviction.

Judge Sandra Midkiff presided over the trial and will sentence Harmon on July, 17, 2012. The jury also found Harmon guilty of two counts of armed criminal action.

Koster said Harmon shot and killed 19-year-old Sabrina Jones with a sawed-off shotgun during a robbery. Another victim inside the home was shot four times in the face with a 9 mm handgun, but survived and testified against Harmon. Three other individuals were involved with the robbery and shootings. Those cases are pending.

The Attorney General’s Office had been named Special Prosecutor in the case. Assistant Attorney Generals Richard Hicks and Lauren Barrett prosecuted the case.

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