Moberly man sentenced for his part in double homicide

Steven Bell

One of four men facing charges for a double homicide in Moberly last year is sentenced.

Steven Bell, 23, of Moberly, pleaded guilty in July and was sentenced yesterday for tampering with physical evidence.  He was sentenced to four years in prison, but if he completes a 120-day drug-treatment program successfully and agrees to testify against his co-defendants, he could be released.  

It was December 28th when two Columbia men were shot and killed as they sat in their car in Moberly.  Then men were Shane Hare, 24, and Darren Tharp, 51.  The pair were allegedly shot so the suspects could rob them of meth.

The three men charged with committing the murder, Christopher Esry, Aaron Bloss, and Travis Koenig, all of Moberly, have court appearances later this year.