A Vernon County jury convicted Jeremy Maples, 37, in June for first-degree murder.
Investigators said Maples shot and killed Belinda Beisly, 47, around midnight on July 15, 2009, at her home outside Deerfield shortly after she got home from work at the 3M plant in Nevada.
Maples was a farmhand for Bob Beisly II, the victim’s estranged husband. Maples told investigators that Beisly offered him $10,000 to kill his estranged wife. Maples also told investigators that Beisly told him several times on July 14, 2009, that it had to be done that day, and to make it look like a break-in. Beisly was not charged for the murder.
The Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case. The trial was at the Cedar County Courthouse in Stockton with the jury from Vernon County.
Life in prison without possibility of parole was the judge's only option for a sentence because prosecutors did not seek a death penalty.
Courtesy of KSPR33 Springfield Mo