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Hensley Gets Life in Prison for Southwest Missouri Murder

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A Newton County, Missouri judge sentences an Aurora man for a 2016 murder. Shannon Hensley was convicted of killing 82-year-old Nolan Karch in Lawrence County, Missouri.

Authorities say the murder happened around December 28th, 2016, although Karch's body wasn't found until January 2nd, 2017.

Detectives were told that Hensley and another person were dropped off at Karch's home outside Aurora to rob it. Hensley allegedly came out saying he got into a fight with Karch and shot him several times.

When Hensley was arrested on January 4th on an unrelated charge, he was found driving a motorhome that was carrying a bicycle reportedly stolen from Karch's home.

Hensley pleaded not guilty to the crime. His trial venue was changed from Lawrence County to Newton County, Missouri. A jury reached a guilty verdict on day three of the murder trial.

On October 9th, 2018, a judge sentenced Hensley to life in prison without parole for first degree murder, 20 years for robbery, 15 years for burglary and 30 years for armed criminal action.

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