Branson Man Pleads Guilty to Murder in 2017 Shooting Incident

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BRANSON, Mo. — A Branson man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in a shooting last year.

Taney County prosecutors say Dakota Claypole was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of Daxton Drake.

Investigators say Claypole and Drake had been romantically involved with the same woman and Claypole found them together at a home on Rainbow Drive in Branson.  Claypole fired multiple shots at Drake, killing him.

Claypole escaped in Drake’s car but was arrested soon after.

He will be sentenced in August.  Second-degree murder usually carries a maximum punishment of 30 years.

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