ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A man who stabbed a bartender to death at a St. Joseph bar has been sentenced to life in prison.
Eliseo Hernandez-Sebastian was sentenced Thursday for first-degree murder of Shenandoah, Iowa native Terra Welch-Reents, who was stabbed in February after telling Hernandez-Sebastian to leave the bar.
Hernandez-Sebastian also stabbed James Cleveland, another employee of the Legend’s Sports Bar and Grill. He survived serious injuries.
Investigators said Welch-Reents wasn’t aware that Cleveland had already been stabbed when she told Hernandez-Sebastian to leave the bar.
Hernandez-Sebastian also was ordered to serve 50 years each for two convictions of armed criminal action and a life sentence for first-degree assault. The sentences will run consecutively.
Hernandez-Sebastian said in a statement before sentencing that he was innocent.