COLUMBIA — Tausha L. Fields was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday afternoon in Boone County Court.
On June 29, Fields was found guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of ex-husband Mitchell W. Kemp. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison on the charge of armed criminal action.
Kemp was killed Aug. 24, 2004, at a south Boone County farm that Fields shared with then-husband Gregory W. Morton. Morton pleaded guilty in June 2009 for the killing of Kemp, and, in exchange for testifying against Fields, his charge was lowered to second-degree murder.
On July 6, he was sentenced to 19 years in prison.
During Fields’ trial, attorneys for both sides agreed Fields took Kemp to the farmwhere Morton shot him multiple times. Fields then helped bury the body on the property. Although the defense argued Morton scared Fields into covering up the crime after he killed Kemp, prosecutors argued Fields manipulated Morton into killing him.
Fields' sentencing took place after two of Kemp's family members made statements.
Kemp's daughter Tara tearfully recounted her attempts to locate her father and listed everything she wished to say to him.
During his statement, Kemp’s brother Tracy looked directly at Fields and called her a “master manipulator,” charging she should never see freedom again.
Fields fidgeted throughout the statements but stood motionless during sentencing.