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Man sentenced to 50 years for attempting to murder his wife

Donald Lafferty (Source: Stoddard Co. Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver) Donald Lafferty (Source: Stoddard Co. Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver)
STODDARD COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A former pastor in Stoddard County has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after being found guilty of attempting to kill his wife and stealing from his mother. 

According to Stoddard County State's Attorney Russ Oliver, Don Lafferty was found guilty of first degree attempted murder, first degree arson, armed criminal action and financial exploitation of the elderly in January.

Lafferty and two others were charged in connection with an arson fire near Bloomfield that occurred in June of 2014.

On March 9, 2016, the Honorable David A. Dolan formally sentenced Lafferty for a murder for hire plot and stealing over $86,000 from his 90-year-old mother.

The sentences are as follows:

  1. Attempted murder in the first degree - 15 years
  2. Arson in the first degree - 15 years, consecutive to first count
  3. Armed criminal action -  10 years, consecutive to first and second counts
  4. Financial exploitation of the elderly - 20 years consecutive to first and second counts

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