JC man sentenced in 2012 murder
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ordered a Jefferson City man to serve 10 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges filed following a December 2012 murder.
Justin Beasley, 21, of 609 Mulberry St., pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action charges.
During a nine minute hearing, Green asked Beasley numerous questions about the charges and about Beasley’s rights to a jury trial.
Beasley and Assistant Public Defender Rick French told Green the guilty plea was part of an agreement with Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson, for 10 year sentences on the murder and robbery charges, and three years for armed criminal action — all to be served at the same time.
Beasley will have to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence — 81⁄2 years — before being eligible for parole.
He answered, “Yes, Sir,” to most of Green’s questions, including whether the information included in the charges was true.
Prosecutors said Beasley was involved in the Dec. 27 killing of Andre Hudson, 41, Holts Summit, who was found dead in the back seat of a vehicle that Beasley was driving in the 200 block of West Schroeder Way in Jefferson City.
A St. Louis man, Calvin Hutson, 36, also is charged in the case, and Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson declined to comment on Beasley’s guilty plea and sentence because of the pending case.
Hutson’s trial date hasn’t been set, yet. Attorneys for both sides are scheduled for a pre-trial hearing with Green in November.
Police reports show a vehicle was seen leaving the area when officers arrived. It was stopped a block away and the driver, Beasley, fled on foot before being caught.
In interviews with investigators, Beasley said he and Hutson arranged a narcotics deal with Hudson.
During the arranged transaction, Beasley and Hutson intended to steal the victim’s money without providing him narcotics.
Police said Beasley told them he and Hutson met Hudson and conducted the transaction in Beasley’s vehicle.
But, Beasley added, gunshots were exchanged between Hudson and Hutson during the transaction, and Hutson fled before police arrived.
Police said they found Hutson, suffering from gunshot wounds, a short distance from the 200 block of West Schroeder Way.
A firearm and suspected narcotics were located along the path he traveled.
Police said Hutson told them he was a passenger in a vehicle and Hudson entered the vehicle to discuss CDs.
In his statement, Hutson said Hudson began shooting. When he realized he’d been shot, he ran from the vehicle.
Hudson’s wife told authorities her husband had been a passenger in a vehicle she was driving, and he directed her to drive to the 200 block of West Schroeder Way to meet people.
She believed he was going to conduct some type of narcotic transaction.
A few minutes after her husband got into another vehicle, Hudson’s wife reported, multiple shots were fired from inside that other vehicle.
She said she observed a man fleeing from the front seat of the vehicle, and she then drove away from the area.
About a block away, she recognized the man she had seen running after the shots, but he pointed a firearm at her while she sat in her vehicle.
She called 911, then turned onto the next block to see police taking Hutson into custody.
Bob Watson of the News Tribune staff contributed information used in this story.
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