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Man convicted of killing his landlord sentenced to 16 years

Updated October 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM CST:  A Newton County man convicted of killing his landlord is sentenced to serve two consecutive prison sentences.

Danny Kay Thomas, 60, will serve a total of 16 years in prison for shooting and killing Darrell Bone, 54, in July of last year.

Thomas gets 13 years for second degree murder and three years for armed criminal action.

The shooting happened at the home where Thomas lived outside of Stella, Missouri.

According to court documents Thomas drove to the probation and parole office and told an officer he had shot and possibly killed a man.

He then told deputies Bone came to his house and threatened to kill him.

Updated July 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM CST:  Jurors this afternoon recommend a sentence for a Newton County, Missouri man who murdered his landlord.

The recommendation comes from the same jurors who convicted Danny Kay Thomas last night.

They say Thomas should serve 13 years for the second-degree murder of Darrell Bone, 54, and three years for armed criminal action.

Judges typically follow the jury's recommendation.  Formal sentencing is set for October.

The victim's family has waited a full year to see a resolution of the case.

"I'm pleased with the fact the jury found him guilty with murder but I know from the victim's family and friends the verdict and the sentence are not going to bring back the victim," says Newton County prosecuting attorney Jake Skouby.

The trial was held in McDonald County, Missouri on a change of venue.

Updated July 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM CST:  A jury recommends 13 years in prison for a man convicted in the death of his landlord.

This afternoon a jury recommended 13 years for second degree murder and three years for armed criminal action for Danny Kay Thomas, 60.  Thomas was found guilty Thursday evening in the death of his landlord, Darrell Bone, 54.

Formal sentencing is scheduled for October 1.

The shooting took place in July 2011 at Thomas's home outside of Stella, Missouri.  According to court documents Thomas drove to a probation and parole office and told an officer he had shot and possibly killed a man.

He told deputies Bone came to his house and threatened to kill him.  The documents indicate Thomas shot Bone in the back and in the face.

CORRECTION: It was initially reported Thomas was convicted of first degree murder.  In fact, the original charge was first degree murder, but the jury found him guilty of second degree murder.

Updated July 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM CST:  The fate of a Newton County, Missouri man accused of killing his landlord is now in the hands of a jury.

The murder trial for Danny Kay Thomas, 60, began yesterday.  He's charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action.

Authorities say he shot and killed Darrell Bone, 54, who was his landlord.

The shooting took place at Thomas's home outside of Stella, Missouri.

According to court documents Thomas drove to a probation and parole office and told an officer he had shot and possibly killed a man.

He told deputies Bone came to his house and threatened to kill him.  The documents indicate Thomas shot Bone in the back and in the face.

Updated July 25, 2012 at 5:10 PM CST:  Opening arguments began today in the trial of a Newton County man accused of killing his landlord.

Danny Kay Thomas, 60, is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action.

Authorities say he shot and killed his landlord, Darrell Bone, 54.

The shooting occurred at Thomas's home, outside of Stella, Missouri, in July 2011.  According to court documents Thomas drove to a probation and parole office and told an officer he had shot and possibly killed a man.

He told deputies Bone came to his house and threatened to kill him.

The documents indicate Thomas shot bone in the back and in the face.

Updated September 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM CST:  In a court appearance today Danny Kay Thomas waived his formal arraignment.

Thomas has pled not guilty to first degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of his landlord, Darrell Bone.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for October 24.

Updated August 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM CST:  A man charged with shooting his landlord was arraigned today in Newton County court.

Danny Kay Thomas pled not guilty to first degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of his landlord, Darrell Bone.

Updated July 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM CST: 60-year-old Danny Kay Thomas is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action.

Newton County deputies say he shot and killed 54-year-old Darrell Bone on Tuesday night.

According to court documents, Thomas drove to the probation and parole office and told an officer he shot and possibly killed a man. Thomas then told deputies the victim came to his house and threatened to kill him.

Thomas says he went and got a gun and shot Bone in the back as he was leaving. Thomas told deputies he then approached bone and shot him in the face.

An autopsy is scheduled for today to confirm the cause of death. Thomas' bond is set at $50,000 cash only.

Updated July 27, 2011 at 6:40 PM CST:  Newton County, Missouri authorities investigate a homicide after a tenant is accused of shooting his landlord.  It happened at a rural residence outside Stella, Missouri.

Sheriff Ken Copeland tells us Darrell Bone, a landlord, was shot to death and the sheriff says authorities have arrested a 60 year old, one of Bone's tenants.

"We received information at about 9 a.m. that a shooting had taken place near Stella, Missouri," Sheriff Copeland tells us.  "Officers went to that location at 19348 O Highway.  At that time we discovered the body of a 57 year old male who had appeared to have died by gunshot wounds."

Authorities believe the shooting occurred last night.

Charges are pending.

Updated July 27, 2011 at 4:20 PM CST:  Sheriff Copeland says landlord Darrell Bone was killed by his tenant in a shooting.

The suspect is in custody and charges are pending.

Updated July 27, 2011 at 1:45 PM CST:  Sheriff Copeland says the shooting occurred following a landlord-tenant dispute near Stella, Missouri.

Reported July 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM CST:  Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says they are investigating a homicide in the southeast part of the county.  A suspect is in custody.

Sheriff Copeland says they are waiting to release additional details until family members have been notified.

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