A homeless man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for the New Year's Day 2016 murder of Charles Younger in Independence.
Darryl Schaeffel, 26, had pleaded guilty in November to second-degree murder and armed criminal action and was sentenced Friday by Judge Jack Grate. He received 20 years for armed criminal action, with sentences running concurrently. Schaeffel originally had been charged with first-degree murder, and he faced up to 30 years in prison and will not be eligible for parole until he has served more than 18 1/2 years.
According to court records, Schaeffel had been staying at the East Truman Road home of Younger, 55, a few a days prior to the murder. Police were called to the residence late in the morning of Jan. 1 and found Younger dead inside with gunshot and stab wounds. There were three shell casings near the body.
Witnesses told police the two men had been feuding, reportedly over a gun Schaeffel had stolen from Younger. The search eventually led police and Benton County Sheriff's deputies to arrest Schaeffel and his girlfriend in Benton County, at the home of the girlfriend's grandmother, several days after the murder.
The girlfriend told police Schaeffel didn't tell her about the murder and a stolen gun until two days after the fact. Schaeffel told police that he shot and stabbed Younger after the victim had lunged at him, but couldn't say if there was an argument and said nothing about Younger having a weapon.