Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in shooting outside Joplin dance club


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NEOSHO, Missouri — A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a 2012 shooting outside a popular Joplin dance club.

Damon A. Williams admitted that he shot 25-year-old Charles Tumbleson two years ago outside the Jukebox Saturday Night dance club. Police say the two men had a feud before the shooting.

The Joplin Globe reported ( ) that Williams was scheduled to go on trial for first-degree murder Monday in Newton County Circuit Court. Instead, he pleaded guilty Tuesday to the lesser offense in return for a 13-year prison sentence.

Circuit Judge Kevin Selby accepted the plea deal and assessed that sentence.

Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

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