James Pride sentenced for 2020 Lawrence County murder

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. – James Pride will spend 25 years in prison for killing 53-year-old Patricia Uranga in southwest Missouri.

The courts filed Pride’s guilty plea on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in Lawrence County, north of Marionville.

According to court documents, Pride told his mother he did it because the victim was “evil.”

On May 24, 2020, around 1:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Office deputies got a call about a deceased person at a home north of Marionville, in the eastern part of the county.

Deputies arrived and found a woman dead in a vehicle on the property with apparent stab wounds.

Authorities say James Pride was also on the property. They took him into custody and held him in the Lawrence County Jail. The court gave him no bond pending his first court appearance.

The Lawrence County Prosecutor filed charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution.

According to court documents, deputies spoke with Jame Pride’s mother who gave a written statement that says in part, “My son James Pride told me he stabbed [victim’s name] cause she was evil..” Pride’s mother states he showed the victim in his car – she then called the police.

Deputy Phillip spoke with the mother, who “claimed her son James Pride told her that he was going to cut her up and put her in a pond or in a hole,” according to the Affidavit court document.

Authorities say the victim had multiple stab wounds, and that she also had defensive wounds on her hands.