Session pleads guilty to April murder

With trial set for next week, Tracy Session pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing Keith Mosely last April, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. But co-defendant Khiry Summers balked at a deal offered to him, and his trial now will be delayed by his search for a new attorney.

On April 25, Cole County grand jurors indicted Session, now 26, Summers, 20, and Brandon Chase, 29, on second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action charges in Mosely’s death three days earlier at a Buena Vista Street apartment.

Investigators never have given details of the case, or how Mosely, 34, Columbia, ended up getting shot.

But, during Session’s court appearance Wednesday, Presiding Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce noted Mosely died during an attempt to steal marijuana from him.

Joyce’s sentence — 20 years on the second-degree murder charge, 20 years on the robbery and five years on the armed criminal action charge, for a maximum of 20 years because all three sentences are to be served at the same time — accepted Session’s attorney’s agreement with Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson.

With two defendants in the case still facing criminal charges, Richardson had little to say about Session’s deal.

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