Feb 11, 2020 10:00 PM

Missouri man sentenced in Christmas Eve killing

Posted Feb 11, 2020 10:00 PM
Artilius Jordan photo Joplin Police
Artilius Jordan photo Joplin Police

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A man who avoided prosecution in two assault cases has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in a Christmas Eve slaying in Joplin.

49-year-old Artilius Jordan was sentenced Monday for second-degree murder in the killing of 47-year-old Sean Harris and two counts of second-degree assault. Jordan originally was charged with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Jordan opened fire in 2017 outside the apartment of his girlfriend, where Harris had been staying. Jordan then pistol-whipped his girlfriend and tried to shoot her in the back seat of an extended-cab pickup truck. The shot missed his girlfriend and passed through the head rest of the driver's seat, splitting into fragments, one of which hit the driver.

Previous efforts to prosecute Jordan in a 2013 stabbing and a 2015 shooting failed after the victims declined to testify against him.

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Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

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.