Jackson County – 24 year old Aaron Powers has agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of first degree reckless homicide this week in Jackson County Circuit Court in the shooting death of 56 year old Terrence Stoen in October of 2010. Powers had been charged with first degree intentional homicide. Prosecutors say Powers shot Stoen in the head through a patio door with a 20-gauge shotgun as he sat in a chair in his home. According a criminal complaint in the case investigators believe Powers burglarized several homes in the area of Stoens home and slept in a cabin nearby before shooting Stoen. Investigators say Powers then took Stoen’s pickup and cellphone. Powers was arrested several days later in Juneau County at a campground where investigators found Stoen’s truck and cellphone.
Powers was scheduled for a 15 day trial but in exchange for his guilty plea several other charges will dismissed including three counts of burglary, one count of attempted-burglary and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Powers also plead guilty to one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. Powers faces up to 66 years in prison on the charges. A sentencing date has not been set.
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