Feb 11, 2020 5:09 PM

Missouri man sentenced for fatally shooting his mother

Posted Feb 11, 2020 5:09 PM
Cox photo Greene Co.
Cox photo Greene Co.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting of his mother.

Greene County prosecutors said in a news release Monday that 23-year-old Connor Cox won't be eligible for parole until he has served 25 1/2 years. He was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the February 2018 death of Angela Cox at the family's Springfield-area home. He originally was charged with first-degree murder.

Court documents said he told a sheriff's deputy that his mother “didn't even see it coming” when he walked into her home office and shot her in the neck. He said he she was "always being down" and so he thought he would “end that."

According to court documents, Cox recalled his father telling him that morning, "Don't hurt her," and Cox said that his father's words “didn't resonate well with me.” Court documents say Cox's father had previously tried to hide the family's gun from Cox.

Cox entered the plea just days after a previous plea hearing fell through when he told a judge that he didn't "knowingly" kill his mother, which is a necessary component of second-degree murder.

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Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
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TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.