Jan 13, 2020 12:00 PM

Missouri woman sentenced for killing man she met on dating website

Posted Jan 13, 2020 12:00 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing a man she met on an online dating site.

Thirty-four-year-old Christina Duckett of Springfield was sentenced Friday, the Springfield News-Leader reported. She had been convicted in November of second-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Joshua Brooks of Republic.

Prosecutors say the two went to a movie in September 2018. Police found Brooks' dead the next morning in the driver's seat of his pickup truck on a dead-end street in Springfield. He had been shot three times in the head at close range.

Authorities have not disclosed the motive for the shooting.

Duckett's attorney said she plans to appeal the conviction.

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Kansas woman enters plea in baby son’s death
Kathryn Smith photo Leavenworth County  Sheriff

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2018 death of her baby.

Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said 32-year-old Catherine Smith, of Leavenworth, pleaded guilty on Friday to manslaughter, child endangerment and obstruction of law enforcement. She had been previously charged with second-degree murder in her son’s death.

Prosecutors say the boy died of hyperthermia when his body temperature got too high. The temperature in the home was set to 75 degrees, and the child was dehydrated at the time of his death.

Prosecutors say Smith had not checked on the boy in some time before he was found unresponsive.

Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on February 28.