Bruner to serve life in prison for murder of Coach Moore

During a sentencing hearing held earlier today, Jeffrey L. Bruner was sentenced to life without parole for the first degree murder of Missouri Southern assistant football coach Derek Moore, in addition to five years in prison for the charge of armed criminal action.

Bruner, who was found guilty in March, stood trial for fatally shooting Moore  outside of Regal Northstar 14 Theater in Joplin on Nov. 1, 2013 after learning through social media that the victim was there with the defendant’s estranged wife.

Family members of the victim were allowed to make statements before the sentencing was handed down. Among the family members present were Moore’s mother and brother. The prosecution also read a statement from the mother of Moore’s son Elijah.

Prior to the hearing, Bruner’s attorney Ross Rhoades motioned for a new trial, claiming one of the jurors had behaved inappropriately by allegedly “mouthing words” and visibly agreeing with the prosecution throughout the trial. Circuit Judge Gayle Crane denied the motion.