Man sentenced in SW Missouri teen's beating, stabbing murder

A southwest Missouri man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old in Republic.

Christopher Jorgensen, 29, of Ava pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Kenny Stout. He was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years on each charge, to be served concurrently.

Prosecutors say Jorgensen and another man beat Stout with metal baseball bats before he was stabbed to death six hours later in December 2011.

A second suspect, 26-year-old Nathan Jensen, of Seymour, is charged with first-degree murder in Stout's death.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the motive for the killing remains unclear.