ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A St. Joseph man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man.
Under the plea agreement, attorneys agreed that Grippando will not be sentenced to more than 15 years.
Witnesses said Dimmel stumbled out of a home before becoming responsive and dying at the scene.
Grippando acknowledged he pistol-whipped Drimmel but said he was shot when the gun went off accidentally.
Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney Ron Holliday said the investigation revealed Drimmel was homeless and may have owed Grippando money for marijuana. He said there wasn't enough evidence to show the killing was intentional.
Sentencing is set for Jan. 6.