Three defendants still face charges in Apache Flats break-in, death

Two more people have accepted plea bargains in connection with last October's home invasion, robbery and killing at an Apache Flats mobile home park.

On Wednesday, Tommy Hawkins III, 26, and Leetez Hawkins, 23, both of Kansas City, each pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary. Cole County Presiding Judge Pat Joyce sentenced them each to 10 years in prison.

Both men had been facing charges of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

Both were identified by authorities as among a group of eight people from Jefferson City and Kansas City who were involved in the early morning robbery planned as a way to get $40,000 thought to be inside a home at Frontier Trailer Park, 5409 Business 50 West.

As an adult male who lived in the trailer was attacked, a guest staying there that night got a gun that was kept in the home and fired a shot. That shot hit one of the robbers, Lamar Gardner, 19, Kansas City, in the face, and he eventually died.

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