Man Pleads Guilty to 2017 Motel 6 Murder, Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A suspect which was charged for the murder of a man at a Motel 6 in 2017 in Springfield has pleaded guilty.

Tyson Hamm, 32, pleaded guilty to the murder of Stephen Dowd on Dec. 29, 2017. Hamm was sentenced today to 30 years in prison, according to a Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office press release.

Hamm entered guilty pleas to felony second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of armed criminal action and two counts of felony possession of a firearm. For these charges, Hamm was sentenced to 24 years in prison, according to the release.

Hamm was also sentenced to six years in prison on a separate felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the release.

The sentences run consecutively, according to the release.

Dowd was killed by Hamm at a Motel 6 on North Glenstone Avenue. Dowd and another man, Ethan Barnett, went to the motel intending to purchase methamphetamine from Cassidy Clayton, Tyson Hamm, and Andre Smiles, according to the release.

The evidence found by law enforcement established that Hamm and Smiles decided to rob Dowd and Barnett instead of selling them drugs.

Dowd attempted to fight Hamm during the armed robbery. During the altercation, Dowd was shot and killed, according to the release.

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