Stephen Thompson gets life in prison for Joplin murder

Stephen Thompson Gets Life In Prison For Joplin Murder
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JOPLIN, Mo. – Stephen Thompson will spend his life in prison for killing Carissa Gerard and assaulting his estranged wife in Joplin.

Today, Jasper County Circuit Judge David B. Mouton sentenced him to the following.

  • Life without eligibility for probation or parole for first-degree murder.
  • 50 years for the felony of armed criminal action (x2)
  • 30 years for domestic assault in the first degree

After a four-day trial in September, a jury found Thompson guilty of shooting and killing Carissa Gerard. They also convicted him of critically injuring Kristina Dines (Thompson), his estranged wife at the time of the crime.

On June 10th, 2015, Joplin police responded to 4215 W. 26th Place. They found Carissa Gerard dead and Kristina Thompson critically injured, both from gunshot wounds. Police arrested Stephen at the home.

According to court documents, Thompson drove more than 96 miles to get a twelve-gage shotgun. Authorities say he traveled directly to Grove, Oklahoma and bought ammunition for his gun. They allege he then went directly to 4215 W. 26th Place where he saw Carissa Gerard and shot her.

While at the home, court documents say Stephen Thompson then shot his estranged wife, Kristina Thompson, numerous times while she was fleeing from him. Emergency personnel took her to the hospital in critical condition. She survived her wounds.

Documents listed the Thompsons and Gerard all three living at that address at the time of the crime. In 2015, authorities told KOAM and FOX 14 that they believed the incident was the result of an estranged relationship between husband and wife.`

You can read more about testimony during the trial here.