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July 17, 2012

Independence man sentenced to life without parole in 1st degree murder and robbery case

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Howard Harmon, 34, formerly of Independence, has been sentenced to life without parole after being found guilty of 1st degree murder in June. Harmon was also found guilty of robbery and armed criminal action and sentenced to 30 years consecutive on the robbery charge and 30 years concurrent on the armed criminal action charge.

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.

Judge Sandra Midkiff presided over the trial. The Attorney General’s Office was Special Prosecutor in the case.



 
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