Cox Gets Life for Mother’s Murder

A Springfield man could spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his mother.

Connor Jacob Cox, 23, pleaded guilty to second degree murder on Friday. He had been facing a charge of first degree murder in the killing of his adopted mother on February 27, 2018.

Under Missouri Law, because murder in the second degree is considered a “dangerous felony”, Cox must serve 85 percent of his sentence before parole consideration. Under the parole process, a life sentence is calculated at 30 years, meaning Cox must serve 25 1/2 years in prison before parole consideration.

He will serve a 5 year concurrent sentence for a guilty plea to armed criminal action.

The sentence was handed down by Judge David Jones.

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