Man sentenced to life in prison for Columbia homicide

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — A man who arranged the shooting death of a disabled man he cared for has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

A Boone County circuit judge on Monday sentenced 25-year-old James R. Thompson for first-degree murder. He was convicted in January for giving another man $10,000, a car and a gun to kill 46-year-old Brian Daniels in April 2013.
Daniels was an artist who had been awarded an almost $5 million settlement after he suffered severe injuries in a fire at his Warrensburg apartment nearly 10 years ago.
Prosecutors said Thompson forged Daniels’ will and power of attorney so he could inherit Daniels’ fortune.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports ( that Casey Lewis, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, was convicted last week of first-degree murder for helping with Daniels’ death.
Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune,