Man who cooperated with prosecutors sentenced for his role in shooting death in Columbia park


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COLUMBIA, Missouri — A man who cooperated with prosecutors in a shooting death at a Columbia park has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in the case.

Nineteen-year-old Joshua Murray pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree assault in the July 2013 death of Tre'Veon Marshall.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports ( ) Murray's testimony last month helped lead to a first-degree murder conviction and life sentence for Nicolas R. Thomas. He testified that he saw Thomas shoot Marshall.

Investigators said murder was retaliation for the shooting death of Thomas' friend Bryan Rankin Jr., who was killed in 2012.

Boone County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Tracy Gonzalez recommended that Murray be sentenced to 10 years for the assault and seven years for an unrelated burglary last summer.

Murray will be sentenced Oct. 6.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune,

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