Artilius Jordan sentenced in 2017 Christmas Eve murder in Joplin

Murder Suspects Appear in Court

Mugshot of Artilius Jordan

JOPLIN, Mo. – A judge sentences Artilius Jordan to 20 years in prison for a 2017 murder, over what authorities say was jealousy.

Jordan entered a deal in December and pleaded guilty to second degree murder and two assault charges.

Police say on December 24th, 2017, Artilius Jordan and two other men went to an apartment on South Byers in Joplin and confronted Sean Harris, believing Harris was having an affair with his girlfriend.

Jordan shot at Harris twice, hitting him once in the chest. Harris later died at the hospital.

Police believed one of the men with Jordan, Moses Ramsey, had encouraged him to shoot Harris. Prosecutors dropped the case against Ramsey in 2018 due to lack of evidence.

A judge gave Jordan 20 years in prison for murder and seven years on each two counts of assault. The sentences will be served at the same time.

As part of the plea deal, the prosecutor’s office changed the charge of first degree murder to second degree and dropped two counts of armed criminal action.

apartment building on S Byers Ave in Joplin (2017 footage)

Apartment building on S Byers Ave in Joplin (2017 KOAM footage)