A Carthage man was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in prison for his part in a home invasion burglary in Joplin in 2015 that ended with a guest of the homeowner shooting and killing another suspect.

A Carthage man was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in prison for his part in a home invasion burglary in Joplin in 2015 that ended with a guest of the homeowner shooting and killing another suspect.

Shawn U. Hency, 39, 10331 Cedar Rd. Carthage, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and two counts of first degree burglary and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison on each count, to be served concurrently.

Michael P. Dean, 32, 5380 Dolphin Dr. Joplin, one of four suspects in the burglaries, was killed in an exchange of gunfire between people in the home and the suspects.

Two other defendants in the case had already pleaded guilty to their charges.

Dakota D. Pliler, 21, 3502 Ivy Ln., Joplin, has been released from prison after he pleaded guilty in September 2016 to the same charges and was sentenced to 15 years.

This was Pliler's first offense, so the court reviewed his case in 120 days and he was released in January on probation.

Dakota R. Bate, 20, 319 N. Byers, Joplin, pleaded guilty in May of 2016 and received the same 15 year sentence. Bate has a criminal history and he remains in prison.

At the time of the case, Joplin police said they were called to two home invasion burglaries on Monday, March 16, 2015, within two and a half miles of each other and about a half hour apart. Investigators believed the two were related.

At the second location, the homeowner and an invited guest were the only two people at home at the time, and police said the invited guest, who was not named, exchanged gunfire with the four suspects, killing Dean.

Police called the guest's actions self-defense and said the four men were an ad-hoc group of acquaintances and were not related.

A sworn statement by Joplin Police Officer Andrew Blair, filed with the prosecutor's office in support of the charges against Hency, said Hency entered the home at 407 S. St. Charles, detained the occupants and began demanding items from the residence. The four suspects left the home shortly thereafter.

The statement said the suspects then entered the residence at 1616 W. Fourth St., without consent and to commit a theft, and Michael Dean was killed as a result of the crime, leading to the second degree murder charge.