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April 15, 2013

Polk County hit-and-run driver sentenced for second-degree murder

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Polk County Judge Lisa Henderson has sentenced Shannon Shaffer, 39, to 30 years in prison for the April 2012 murder of Tommy "Bo" Bryant. A jury found Shaffer guilty in January of second-degree murder for intentionally running over Bryant.

Koster said evidence at the trial showed that Shaffer and Mr. Bryant had been arguing the day Bryant was killed.  At approximately 8:30 that night, Bryant was walking toward his residence when Shaffer started his car and drove straight at Bryant. Shaffer's vehicle struck Bryant and dragged him approximately 80 feet down a gravel driveway before running him over. Bryant died at the scene. Shaffer fled to Springfield, where he was arrested three days later.

The Attorney General's Office assisted Polk County Prosecutor Ken Ashlock in the case.  The trial was held in Benton County on a change of venue.

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