Illinois man gets 40 years in college student’s death

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An East St. Louis man has been ordered to spend four decades in prison for killing a University of Missouri student after what prosecutors call a botched 2013 marijuana deal.

Twenty-six-year-old Deneshion Swope was sentenced Thursday in Madison County to the punishment prosecutors had recommended. That’s where he pleaded guilty last month to a first-degree murder count linked to the shooting death of 21-year-old Jarrett Mosby of Collinsville.

Police say Mosby and Swope got into a fight in the college student’s car in Madison after Swope had arranged to purchase marijuana from Mosby.

Mosby was a senior majoring in business at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He had returned to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to visit his young son during the school’s winter break.