News to Know: Alford plea leads to a manslaughter sentencing in SWMO, and Parsons lake closed until further notice

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MOUNT VERNON, Mo – A man is sentenced following a homicide investigation in Mount Vernon, Missouri. Officials say they found the body 49-year old Timothy Goodman of Mount Vernon in a parked car. Authorities say Michael Jones was originally charged with second degree murder and abandonment of a corpse, but he took an Alford Plea deal for Voluntary Manslaughter. He was sentenced 15 years to the Department of Corrections with credit for five years served and a $68 CVS fee.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Officials sentenced a man suspected of arson in Joplin. Authorities arrested Kerry Long after he broke into a home, stole property, and then set the house on fire. Long faced charges of second degree burglary and second degree arson, but the arson charge was dropped. He was sentenced to five years of supervised probation after taking a plea deal.  Read more about this case and find out what Long stole from the home here.

PARSONS, Kan. – Some swimmers who had plans to go to Parsons Lake may have to find a new spot. In an effort to keep swimmers and lake users safe officials have closed Lake Parsons in Parsons, Kansas until further notice. They say excessive erosion in recent months revealed a hazard that was placed in the beach. The city is currently in the process of removing the hazard. For more details click here.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin police officer severely injured in the line of duty returns to work. Officer Hirshey was shot after responding to a disturbance on March 8th. Corporal Ben Cooper and Officer Jake Reed died from injuries sustained during the March 8th disturbance. Hirshey was hospitalized for eight days and spent 96 days recovering at home. Officer Hershey is now on light duty status, not cleared for full enrollment duties yet, and will assist with administration duties at the department. Read more about Officer Hershey’s story here.

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