A man from Ava received two concurrent 20-year prison sentences on Tuesday for killing a teenager near Ava nearly two years ago. Under terms of plea agreement with prosecutors, the sentence was the maximum that Christopher Jorgensen, 31, could have received.
Prosecutors say Jorgensen and Nathan Jensen beat up Kenny Stout, 17, of Republic, left him in the woods, and then went back and stabbed him to death in December 2011.
A jury in Pulaski County on Nov. 1 convicted Jensen of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and abandonment of a corpse. His sentencing is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 6, according to the Pulaski County circuit clerk.
The cases of both Jorgensen and Jensen were moved out of Douglas County to try to ensure fair outcomes.
Previous report from June 18, 2013:
CLINTON, Mo. -- One of two men accused of killing a teenager near Ava pleaded guilty last Friday. Sentencing for Christopher Jorgensen of Ava is scheduled for Nov. 12.
Jorgensen, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action after originally being charged with first-degree murder. His case was moved from Douglas County to Henry County to try to ensure a fair outcome.
Under state law, the prison sentence for second-degree murder is 10 to 30 years and the sentence for armed criminal action is at least three years. Under terms of Jorgensen's plea agreement with prosecutors, according to his defense attorney, Stuart Huffman, the sentences will be at most 20 years for each crime and will run concurrently to each other. Huffman also will be able to argue for less than 20 years at the sentencing hearing. Huffman says another part of the plea agreement is that Jorgensen "will not be charged with a first-degree assault case under advisement in Texas County."
Prosecutors say Jorgensen and another man beat up Kenny Stout, 17, of Republic, left him in the woods, and then went back and stabbed him to death in December 2011.
Nathan Jensen, 26, is also charged for Stout's murder. His trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 28 in Pulaski County. He's charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse.