Missouri man gets 30 years for killing girlfriend's mom

Missouri man gets 30 years for killing girlfriend's mom

Credit: KOAM-TV

Gerald L. Brown, 41, was sentenced Friday for killing 63-year-old Alicia Ball on Dec. 13, 2011. Photo courtesy KOAM-TV

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Posted on October 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 27 at 3:30 PM

NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) -- A Joplin man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for beating his girlfriend's mother to death a week after he was kicked out of her home.

The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/TmDsXo) reports 41-year-old Gerald L. Brown was sentenced Friday for killing 63-year-old Alicia Ball in Joplin on Dec. 13, 2011.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in Newton County prior to sentencing after initially being charged with first-degree murder.

Investigators say Brown struck Ball -- the grandmother of his 2-year-old daughter -- three times on the head with a vase and a brick wrapped in a pillow case and towels.

Ball had filed a complaint with Joplin police five days before she died accusing Brown of taking her debit card to steal about $1,200.

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Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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