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Monroe County man appeals life sentence

Monroe County man appeals life sentence

2 weeks, 5 days ago by Scott Hardy

James Addie filed the appeal one day after being sentenced in 2018 murder of fiancee

Just one day after being sentenced to life in prison without parole, a Sante Fe, Missouri man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his fiance’ in Monroe County, two days before their planned April 2018 wedding, has appealed that sentence.

A lawyer for James Addie filed the appeal Tuesday in Cole County Circuit Court. It will be heard by the Western Missouri Court Appeals, and was filed a day after Addie was sentenced to life without parole, on one count of 1st Degree Murder. In late April, a jury deliberated for just 2 1/2 hours before finding Addie Guilty on the Murder count and one count of Armed Criminal Action. Addie was charged one day after Mollie Watson's body was found in Monroe County. Prosecutors proved that Watson was shot once in the head just two days before the pair were to be married in Columbia.

The pair had a relationship for seven years, even though Addie was married to his then-wife for over 20 years.

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