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Missouri man takes plea deal in Boone County killing plot

Jared Bears
Jared Bears, 21, pleaded guilty to a pair of felonies Monday after he was accused in a plot to kill another man's grandparents.


A man charged with conspiracy to commit murder pleaded guilty on two lesser felonies Monday.

Jared Bears, 21, of Oak Grove, Mo. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal a motor vehicle and failure to appear in court. Bears was charged with co-defendant Brian Kelley accused of plotting to kill Kelley's grandparents.

Brian Kelley was sentenced to 10 years in prison in January.

Court documents say Bears and Kelley conspired to steal a motor vehicle from one of the victims of the premeditated attack. The same document shows Bears was also charged with missing a 2018 court hearing.

The prosecution recommended sentencing Bears to four years in prison. A sentencing hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2020. Kelley was sentenced to 10 years in prison in January.

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