22-year-old Kansas City man sentenced to life in prison for 2 killings

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A 22-year-old Kansas City man has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting deaths of two men.

The Jackson County prosecutor's office said 22-year-old Bronson Joyce was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts each of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He also was sentenced to 15 years in prison on assault and armed criminal action charges for wounding another person, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Prosecutors allege he killed 42-year-old Alphonso Nicholson and 61-year-old Claude L. Carson Jr. in November 2011 in Kansas City. A witness said Joyce fatally shot Nicholson and wounded another person after selling drugs to them.

The probable cause statement says that Joyce told authorities that he shot Carson because he was a witness and couldn't be trusted.

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