The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 12, 2013

William Laramore receives life sentence without parole for 2010 murder

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin man was sentenced to life without parole today after having been found guilty earlier this year of first-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Judge David Mouton sentenced William Laramore, 46, to life without parole in the 2010 murder of Sean French. Laramore also received a 30-year sentence to be served consecutively for the beating of Steve Shockley.

During the two-day jury trial in January, Laramore’s 20-year-old son, Charles, testified that his dad called him on his cellphone at 12:25 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2010, and asked him to pick him up at 814 W. A St. in Joplin. His father told him he had been fighting with French, 46, who lived with the defendant and his mother, and was the mother’s boyfriend.

The son told the court that he drove over, and his father called him a second time just as he arrived at the door at 12:33 a.m. His father let him in, and he saw French lying unconscious on the floor of the living room in a pool of blood, making gurgling noises, he told the court.

His father was cursing French and exclaiming that he had told French not to provoke him.

He said that in the few minutes they were together inside the house, his father also acknowledged that he hit Shockley with a metal baseball bat earlier in the night. His father told him that two other people had dragged Shockley out of the home before Charles Laramore came over.

His father kept ranting about French and saying how he was going to kill him, and he then picked up a coffee table and walked over to where French lay bleeding on the floor and threw the table down on him, the son told the court. He said the table caromed off the victim into an entertainment center, and a television toppled over onto French’s head.

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