Missouri Man Pleads No Contest in Home-Invasion Death

COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) _ A southwest Missouri man has been convicted of invading the home of a Kansas woman who collapsed as
she told police what happened and later died.

James Rickey was convicted Wednesday after he pleaded no contest to one count each of attempted aggravated battery, attempted robbery and residential burglary.

Prosecutors said Rickey and another man, John Gaston, posed as handymen in December 2005 to get into the rural Cherokee County
home of 86-year-old Dorothy Daniels.

Authorities said her death was related to the stress of the home invasion. And Rickey and Gaston originally were charged with counts
including first-degree murder.

Sentencing for Rickey on the reduced charges is scheduled for April.

Gaston already is in prison after pleading guilty in 2007 to involuntary manslaughter and felony burglary.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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