A man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a barber.
Georgio M. White, 22, pleaded guilty to the murder of 53-year-old barber Joseph Jackson, whose body was found Nov. 16, 2011 on the floor of Barbershop 67 in the 3400 block of Troost Avenue, according to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.
White agreed late Tuesday to plea to the charges of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action, just before he and another man were to stand trial for the murder.
As part of the agreement, he will be sentenced Jan. 25, 2013 to no more than 20 years in prison but no less than 12.
White and David Waters are alleged to have waited until they believed the last customer had left the barbershop, then walked in and asked about a haircut. Court documents said White then ordered Jackson to give him his money. After Jackson pulled money out of his pocket, he grabbed White's left arm. White pulled a gun and shot Jackson, shooting himself in the arm as well.
The trail of White's blood lead police to him and his alleged accomplice, Waters.
The prosecutor's office said White's plea deal ensures he won't be in prison for more than 20 years, which doesn't sit well with Jackson's family.
"We were looking forward to having a trial to get all the information and all our questions answered as far as what lead up to it and what happened that particular night. We had so many questions and nobody to answer them, so we were counting on the trial to do that," said Brenda Goff, Jackson's cousin.
She told KCTV5 that Jackson worked as a barber to care for his mentally disabled brother.
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