Jackson Co. judge sentences man to life without parole for ax murder of elderly man

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Jackson County man received life without parole, plus 30 years for murdering an elderly man by hitting him in the head with an ax.

In May, a jury convicted Ricky Sines, 41, of Blue Summit of first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges for the July 2013 murder.

Roger Krout was found lying in a pool of blood  when deputies arrived, and the medical examiner determined he'd been hit in the head three times with a sharp object.

Prosecutors say Sines mowed Krout's lawn and then began drinking beer with him. They watched a movie together. He left briefly and then returned and hit the elderly man in the head with an ax.  Prosecutors maintained that Sines’ actions constitued “cool reflection” before he struck the victim in the head three times.

Roger Krout

Roger Krout

Investigators found a shingler's hammer, with what appeared to be blood, on the ax end near the man's home.

Krout's nephew, Neil Krout, described his uncle as a nice man.

"My uncle was a sweet, kind-hearted, gullible guy," he said after his murder.