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Retired cop sentenced to life in Harrisonville slaying

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Jeffrey Moreland will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing a Harrisonville woman whose body was found in her bathtub five years ago. Jeffrey Moreland will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing a Harrisonville woman whose body was found in her bathtub five years ago.
Moreland was sentenced in Cass County to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Cara Jo Roberts. Moreland was sentenced in Cass County to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Cara Jo Roberts.
HARRISONVILLE, MO (KCTV/AP) -

A former Grandview police officer has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Harrisonville woman.

Jeffrey Moreland, 54, was sentenced Monday in Cass County for first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Cara Jo Roberts. He was sentenced to an additional 50 years for armed criminal action and will serve that sentence after he completes the life term.

Roberts was found face down in a bathtub in her Harrisonville home back in November 2008. Authorities said she had been sexually assaulted and shot in the back of the head.

The woman's body was found by her husband, Jeff Roberts, who had come home to check on her because she hadn't picked up their 2-year-old from the babysitter, and he couldn't reach her by phone.

Theresa Matthews, the victim's mother, urged the judge to impose a harsh sentence. She said Monday's sentencing was hard, but it was nothing compared to the pain and terror that her daughter experienced in her last months on earth.

Matthews said she wanted Moreland to know the pain that Roberts' family has endured since her death.

"I wanted him to see that I was hurting, and that I'm still hurting," she said as emotion filled her voice.

Moreland was convicted in September of killing Roberts. DNA evidence from a 2011 rape in Harrisonville and the October 2010 stabbing and strangulation death of 75-year-old Nina Whitney in southern Kansas City led to his arrest.

He has been charged in both cases, but trial dates have not been set.

Moreland was a police officer in Grandview from 1984 until his retirement in 2005.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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