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Saturday, December 20, 2014
J. T. Taylor sentenced to 25 years for Joplin murder
Judge David Mouton sentenced Johnathan "J. T." Taylor, 21, Joplin, to 25 years in prison Friday on charges of murder and burglary in connection with the July 6, 2012, murder of Jacob A. Wages, 23, at Wages' home in the 1900 block of Pearl.
Wages surprised Taylor and two other men as they were burglarizing his residence. One of those men, Daniel Hartman, 19, Tulsa, Oklahoma, shot Wages and killed him, then the men continued taking items from the home.