Mo. man pleads guilty in 2009 killing
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A western Missouri man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his children's mother.
Michael Adams Jr. of Belton pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cass County Circuit Court to one count of second-degree murder in the 2009 death of 36-year-old Amber Hartwig.
Hartwig was the mother of Adams' two children. The Cass County prosecutor's office said Adams also pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of a weapon. Prosecutors dropped another charge of armed criminal action as part of a plea agreement.
In addition to the 15-year sentence on the second-degree murder charge, Adams was also sentenced to four years on the weapon charge. The sentences were to run concurrently.