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Guilty To Murder Of Randy Stand

David K. Love To Serve Life In Prison

David Love will serve life in prison for the murder of Randy Stone, an Independence insurance agent who was murder in March 2010 in his Independence office. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced at a morning press conference in Independence today, Nov. 9, 2011, that prosecutors agreed to allow plea to Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action charges; Love agreed to a life sentence for those crimes. Love 51, appeared about 8 a.m. in the courtroom of Jackson County Judge Robert M. Schieber and entered his guilty plea. He acknowledged shooting Stone, but made no further statement. Following his plea, Baker told the media that her office was now focused on "seeing justice served" in a related case, a conspiracy to commit murder charges filed against Teresa Stone, the wife of the victim. Baker acknowledged the work of the Independence Police Department, its detectives and prosecutors Tammy Dickinson, Kevin Harrell and Patrick Edwards. Baker also asked the community to remember Stone. "This was a good man -- a Marine, a business owner in Independence," Baker said. "He was a good man with a very good reputation. And he was a good father." Harrell, chief deputy prosecutor, told the media, "This is a good outcome," because it will lessen the grief for the family members who won't need to endure a trial. And it renders a stiff penalty for the defendant. Love was indicted by a Jackson County grand jury in 2010 for the murder of Stone. Stone's wife, Teresa, was indicted earlier this year on the conspiracy charge. Stone is scheduled for trial in April.

   
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