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Tony Friend Sentenced for Deaths of Porters

FORSYTH, Mo. - A man from Springfield who is accused of the murder of a couple from Willard in 2011, is sentenced to two life prison terms.
FORSYTH, Mo. - A man from Springfield who is accused of the murder of a couple from Willard in 2011, is sentenced to two life prison terms.

Tony Friend, 46, was sentenced today in Taney County by Circuit Judge Mark Orr, under a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor's Office.

Friend pleaded guilty in December to the murders of Russell and Rebecca Porter. Charges of armed criminal action and felonious restraint were dropped as part of the plea bargain.

The only sentence for murder in the first degree that Friend could have received was life in prison without the possibility of parole. According to the plea agreement, his life sentences are to be concurrent.

In 2012, Friend was indicted on the felonies for his role in the disappearance and deaths of the Porters on April 18, 2011.

His son, Phillip Friend, previously pled guilty to murder in the second degree and felonious restraint.

Tony Friend's wife, Windy Friend, still faces first-degree murder charges, along with Dusty Hicks, and Russell Porter's uncle, Robert Campbell.  Their trials are scheduled for later this year.


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