St. Joseph man sentenced to life for murder

A St. Joseph man has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the death of a northwest Missouri general contractor.

   Andrew County Circuit Judge Weldon Judah on Monday gave 42-year-old Vance Gossett the sentence recommended earlier by prosecutors.

   Gossett had pleaded guilty to robbery and second-degree murder for the killing of Kenneth Wilson Junior. The 41-year-old victim was found dead in the driveway of his rural Savannah home last April 5.

   Wilson owned a general contracting business in St. Joseph, where Gossett lived.

   Gossett told the court in November that he hit Wilson twice in the head with a crowbar, then set his body on fire. He also admitted taking Wilson's cellphone and ATM card.


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