Thursday, January 24 2013 1:32 PM EST2013-01-24 18:32:18 GMT
Prosecutors have added a sexual assault charge against a Platte City man previously charged with a May 2011 murder and a December 2011 assault. A new complaint filed June 19 alleges Quintin P. O'Dell,More >
Prosecutors have added a sexual assault charge against a Platte City man previously charged with a May 2011 murder and a December 2011 assault.More >
PLATTE CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -
A 23-year-old Platte City man avoided a possible death sentence after he pleaded guilty to killing a co-worker with a hatchet and disemboweling a second woman seven months later.
Quintin P. O'Dell entered his pleas Thursday in Platte County Circuit Court on first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, first-degree assault and deviate sexual assault charges.
He was then sentenced to two terms of life in prison plus 207 years, all running consecutively.
"As a result of this guilty plea, the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison. Make no mistake, I would have no hesitation in asking a jury to impose the death penalty in this case. However, the victims' families wanted to end this case without enduring the additional pain of a death penalty trial and prolonged appeals. Given their completely understandable wishes, this is an appropriate resolution," said Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd.
WARNING: The following details in O'Dell's case are graphic.
O'Dell admitted killing 22-year-old Alissa Faye Shippert in May 2011 on the banks of the Platte River with a hatchet he picked up on shore as he walked upstream from his mother's house.
Shippert collapsed to the ground crying, and O'Dell got on his knees beside her and repeatedly struck her in the face with the hatchet until she was no longer crying or breathing.
O'Dell told authorities Shippert looked like someone had shoved a log splitter in her head. O'Dell then pulled Shippert's body into the river.
He also admitted slashing the abdomen of a 21-year-old woman in December 2011 at her apartment in Ferrelview, southeast of Platte City.
O'Dell assaulted the woman by cutting open her abdomen. He told authorities her intestines fell out of her abdomen onto the living room floor of her apartment.
O'Dell sexually assaulted the woman, as well. His DNA was found on the button and zipper of the jeans she was wearing the night of the attack.
"Alissa Shippert was a vibrant young woman whose life was tragically cut short by this defendant's horrible and inhuman acts. Another young woman will literally live the rest of her life scarred by his equally sadistic actions, which she miraculously survived. The world will be a better place with Quintin O'Dell behind bars until he breathes his last breath," Zahnd said.
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Saturday, May 25 2013 2:12 PM EDT2013-05-25 18:12:27 GMT
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Friday, May 24 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:31:26 GMT
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Thursday, May 23 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:08:55 GMT
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