CARTHAGE, Mo (AP).– A 62-year-old Carthage man has been found guilty of fatally shooting his neighbor.
Ricky Marchbanks was convicted Wednesday of killing 38-year-old Jeremy Neeper in 2016.
Marchbanks claimed the shooting was self-defense because Neeper was pointing a gun at him.
But prosecutors said during the trial that no gun was found at the scene and Marchbanks fled the area.
They also said Marchbanks left a phone message before the shooting saying he was going to kill Neeper because Neeper had tipped over Marchbanks’ lawnmower.
First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence in Missouri of life without parole.