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Joplin man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in 2014 death of man, 71


JOPLIN, Missouri — A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the death of a 71-year-old Joplin man.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1RcUN0Q ) that Anthony Carter pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County court to second-degree murder in the 2014 death of David McKibben. McKibben's body was found Sept. 6, 2014, inside his apartment. An autopsy determined he had been beaten and strangled.

Under a plea deal, prosecutors would recommend capping Carter's prison sentence at 20 years.

Circuit Judge Gayle Crane set Carter's sentencing hearing for Jan. 4.

Another man, 27-year-old Kristopher Smith, is also charged with second-degree murder in McKibben's death, and is scheduled for trial beginning Jan. 19.

Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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