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New Mardrid man sentenced 35 years for murder in Sikeston

Joseph Thornton (Source: Sikeston DPS) Joseph Thornton (Source: Sikeston DPS)
SIKESTON, MO (KAIT) -

A southeast Missouri man has been sentenced in a murder case from 2013.

Joseph Thornton, 25, of New Madrid was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Dec. 12 in the death of Jeremie Johnson, according to Captain James McMillen of Sikeston DPS.

McMillen stated that on the night of April 28, 2013 officers responded to the 600-block of Southwest Street to a call about people hit by a vehicle.

Officers determined the driver was Thornton who had attended a barbecue in that area at a family member's home. While there Thornton got into an argument with someone and was told to leave by the homeowner.

According to McMillen, Thornton got into is vehicle and attempted to hit the homeowner but missed him. Instead, he hit several other people standing around the front yard before coming to rest on top of Johnson who was in a chair under the carport. Johnson was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Thornton was also found guilty on five other first degree assault charges.

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