Starr sentenced for 2017 Jasper County murder

Starr, Lafayette

Lafayette Starr (2017 mugshot)

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – A judge sentences a Springfield man to 45 years in prison today, July 27, for shooting two men, killing one, in Jasper County, Missouri.

LaFayette Starr entered a plea agreement instead of going to trial for the crimes. A judge gave LaFayette Starr 30 years in prison for Second Degree Murder and 15 years for First Degree Assault. Because the charges are violent felonies, Starr will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

The crime happened in June 2017. Around 1:30 a.m., Jasper County deputies were called to a roadside location at the intersection of Gum Road and County Road 30 near Sarcoxie for a shooting.

When they got there, they found Tayler Anderson, 22, of Carthage, dead. They also found Gage Williams, 21, of Carthage, with a gunshot wound. Williams survived.

According to court documents, Williams told police that Lafayette shot him first and said to him he would be back for him. Williams said Lafayette then ran after Anderson.

Later that evening, around 6:00 p.m., Springfield Police Department officers arrested Starr, who was transferred to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office the next morning. Starr was held on a $2,000,000 cash bond.