Convicted Springfield Shooter Faces Life Prison Term
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A man from Springfield has been found guilty of shooting another man in the arm at a Springfield convenience store.
Surveillance camera's at the Kum N Go on National and Chestnut put Maurice Jones at the scene.
Prosecutors say the bullet is still lodged in the victim's arm.
Here is the Greene County Prosecutor's press release.
Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson announces that Maurice D. Jones, 26 of Springfield, Missouri, was convicted yesterday afternoon, March 5, 2014, by a Greene County jury for shooting a man at a gas station on August 03, 2012, following a brief verbal encounter. A Greene County Jury convicted the defendant for assault, in the first degree and armed criminal action after deliberating for approximately three hours.
Around midnight on August, 3, 2012, the victim was shot by Jones while he was sitting in a parked car in the Kum N Go parking lot located at National Avenue and Chestnut Expressway in Springfield. The victim's arm was shattered by the bullet and he has had extensive treatment since the shooting, including skin graft surgery for the scaring. Fragments of the bullet still remain in the victim's arm.
Surveillance cameras at the gas station captured some of the key events in the shooting and the defendant was place at the crime scene by the driver of the car in which the defendant was a passenger. The victim and the defendant did not know each other. After the shooting, the defendant made incriminating statements to others including statements to that he had shot a man at the gas station for "mouthing" him. At trial, one of the witnesses that had a connection to the defendant retracted heir prior statements concerning the defendant's admissions to her. Assistant Prosecutor Phil Fuhrman confronted the witness with her prior statements and her relationship with the defendant. APA Fuhrman also confronted the witness with text messages she sent near the time of the shooting to another person containing the admissions the defendant made to her.
The court found that Jones was a prior and persistent felony offender. His prior convictions include trafficking drugs in the second degree and stealing.
The defendant is subject to a term of imprisonment of up to 30 years, or life imprisonment for the assault in the first degree conviction. The armed criminal action count carries a minimum sentence of three years in the Department of Corrections. Judge Calvin Holden has set a sentencing hearing for May 2, 2014 at 2:00pm following a sentencing assessment report by the Department of Probation and Parole.