ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – A Kansas woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in the stabbing death of a man whose body was found in a northwest Missouri river.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that 44-year-old Kelli Hoard, of Elwood, Kansas, was sentenced Monday for the death of 28-year-old Richard Berry. His body was discovered in April beside the Third Fork of the Platte River near a bridge.
Hoard, also known as Kelli Reeves, was among three people charged in the killing.
A probable cause statement alleges Hoard stabbed the victim with a two knives, while the two men pinned Berry to the ground.
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The prosecution says the autopsy showed Berry had been stabbed 37 times in the groin and buttocks.
The defense, in an attempt for a lesser sentence, noted that Hoard had no prior record.