ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Two men have been sentenced to life and 25 years respectively for the killing of a St. Joseph businessman in what prosecutors called an attempted robbery.

Michael Limley and Christopher Helton had both been convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Larry Norris. The victim was killed in August 2009 behind his business, Valvoline Express Care, where Helton had worked.

KQTV reports Limley received the 25-year sentence Wednesday in Buchanan County Circuit Court.

Limley had pleaded guilty in a deal that prevented prosecutors from pursuing other charges. In his confession, he said Helton shot the victim in a struggle over a gun.

Helton was also sentenced Wednesday, with a life term on the murder charge plus 10 years for armed criminal action.


Information from: KQTV-TV,

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