As part of a plea deal, a Labadie man has been sentenced to five years in prison for shooting two Dittmer men, killing one of them, according to court records.
On May 18, 2016, Jesse Wayne Murray, 30, of Labadie shot and killed Kenneth E. Mann, 56, and shot and wounded Timothy “Easy” Moore, then 49, at Moore’s home in the 9900 block of Jones Creek Road, authorities reported.
Murray pleaded guilty on July 9 to one count of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault, both class C felonies punishable by three to 10 years in prison.
Jefferson County Div. 1 Circuit Judge Joe Rathert sentenced him to five years for each of the charges. However, the prison terms are to be served concurrently, or at the same time. Also, Murray will get credit for time he already has served, court documents indicate.
Under former Prosecuting Attorney Forrest Wegge, Murray was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault, both class A felonies punishable by 10 to 30 years or life in prison, and two counts of armed criminal action, each one an unclassified felony that carries a minimum penalty of three years in prison.
A murder trial was scheduled to begin July 2 before Rathert.
However, after new evidence came to light, the charges were reduced as part of a plea deal, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Trisha Stefanski said.
“After witness testimony, and more information was gathered, this was the appropriate outcome,” she said of the plea agreement.
Assistant prosecuting attorney Jacob Costello handled the case.
According to the probable-cause statement in the case, Murray went to Moore’s home, arriving there the same time as Mann, who was Moore’s neighbor. Murray began asking the men about a 1999 Saturn he said was stolen and that Moore possessed. Moore denied having the car and Murray called him a thief. The situation escalated and became physical before the shooting, Murray told authorities.
Murray produced a gun and shot both Mann and Moore and fled the scene, the report said.
Mann was taken to an area hospital, but died there. Moore was also taken to an area hospital and was treated there, authorities reported.
Deputies located Murray the next day at a home in Franklin County and took him into custody. During a subsequent interview, he told deputies he had heard that his friend’s car had been stolen and Moore had it, so he went to retrieve it while armed with a pistol, the report said.