LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo.– A Marionville man accused in the stabbing death of a woman in 2020 was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Wednesday.
James Pride pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and was sentenced by Judge David Cole, according to online court records.
He had originally been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and tampering with evidence.
The 41-year-old was arrested in May of 2020 after Patricia L. Urange was found dead in a car on Lawrence County 2145, just north of Marionville.
Pride’s mother told sheriff’s deputies he had told her he stabbed the woman because “she was evil,” according to a probable cause statement in the case.
The victim suffered multiple stab wounds, including defensive wounds on her hands, the statement said.