Source:KMBC

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Jackson County Prosecutor  Jean Peters Baker announced that a former pastor pleaded guilty in the slaying  of an Independence insurance salesman.Randy Stone, 42, was found shot to death in his insurance office on March 31,2010. Baker  said David K. Love51, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in  Stone’s death. Terms of the plea deal mean he will receive a life s entence and  will have to serve at least 25.5 years to be eligible for parole, when he is 76.  Love had been charged with first-degree murder.In court on Wednesday, prosecutors said Love acknowledged his role in the  crime, saying he shot Stone. But he made no further comment.”Mr. Love took accountability for his actions. The family did not have to  go through the trials and the rigors of that, but they were able to hear Mr.  Love take accountability, so that is a good outcome,” said assistant Jackson  County prosecutor Kevin Harrell.Love was Stone’s former pastor. He was arrested in November 2010 in South  Carolina, where he was working as a truck driver.Stone’s widow, Teresa, was charged by a Jackson County grand jury in May  with one count of conspiracy to commit murder.Stone’s family members claim Teresa Stone had been having an affair with  Love for several years. Stone left the Hope Baptist Church in Independence about  two weeks before his death.The trial for Teresa Stone is expected to start  April 30.”We are focusing on that second case and that will restrict us on what  questions we can answer this morning,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean  Peters Baker. “Justice has yet to be served on that case and we intend to see  justice served across the board.”Peters Baker spoke warmly about Randy Stone.”This was a good man,” she said. “He was a Marine, he was a business  owner here in Independence, he was a man with a very good reputation and was  really a tremendous father.”Stone’s children and other family members were on hand for Love’s plea.  None of them chose to make any public statements afterward, though one family  member told KMBC 9’s Peggy Breit that many tears were shed in the courtroom.The Rev. Darren Tharp, the new pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church,  expressed concern for Stone’s family.”The New Hope Baptist family has stood beside the families involved in  this situation, including Randy Stone’s dear children, Michael and Miranda, and  have loved them and cared for them in the violent loss of their father,” Tharp  said. “We’ve further stood by, and loved on, Randy’s mother and family as well,  and we’re delighted for the closure they feel today and the justice that’s been  served, but yet they still grieve.”

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