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Kansas City man is sentenced to multiple life terms for 2011 double murder

Bronson A. Joyce, 22, was sentenced Thursday to multiple life terms for killing two men in Kansas City on Nov. 12, 2011. He pleaded guilty Wednesday.
Bronson A. Joyce, 22, was sentenced Thursday to multiple life terms for killing two men in Kansas City on Nov. 12, 2011. He pleaded guilty Wednesday.

A Kansas City man on Thursday received multiple life sentences for the 2011 murders of two men in the 2500 block of Benton Boulevard.

Bronson A. Joyce, 22, pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing Alphonso Nicholson, 42, and Claude L. Carson, 61, and wounding a woman in the Nov. 12, 2011, incident.

A Jackson County judge sentenced Joyce to concurrent life sentences for two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action. He also received two 15-year sentences for assault and armed criminal action, also to run concurrently.

According to court records, Carson allowed others to sell and smoke crack cocaine in his apartment. Nicholson and the woman had gone there to meet Joyce for a drug deal.

Witnesses told police that Joyce asked if the woman with Nicholson “was a snitch” and shot them as they left, hitting Nicholson in the chest at least six times, court records said.

Joyce then shot Carson because, as he later told detectives, he was a witness and a crack user, court records said.

“I had to put him out of his misery,” police quoted him as saying.

Joyce also told police that he had planned the killings for more than a month.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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