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Columbia man sentenced after reaching plea deal in deadly shooting

A judge sentenced Malik D. Townsend, 23, of Columbia, to 27 years in prison on Friday morning. Townsend is convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jakob Cole on Feb. 21, 2021.
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A judge sentenced Malik D. Townsend, 23, of Columbia, to 27 years in prison on Friday morning. Townsend is convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jakob Cole on Feb. 21, 2021.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

A Boone County judge sentenced a Columbia man to 27 years in prison Friday for his role in a deadly shooting.

According to public court records, Malik D. Townsend, 23, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder at a hearing on Friday morning. Prosecutors previously charged Townsend with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jakob Cole in February 2021.

Cole died at a hospital after he was shot on Feb. 15 at a home in the 4700 block of West Millbrook Drive. According to court documents, Cole was shot after an argument over $40.

The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has also charged Tyreese O. Perkins with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in Cole's death.

Tyreese Orlando Perkins.

A court hearing for Perkins is scheduled for Monday afternoon. Court documents allege Perkins helped arrange the meeting with Cole then told detectives he was not at the shooting scene.

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