Man Sentenced For Murder of Girlfriend’s Ex-Husband

A Paola man has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for the 2018 stabbing death of his girlfriend’s ex-husband.

Vincenzo Lucasta was sentenced to 258 months in prison for the death of 57-year-old David Paterno, of Shawnee, prosecutors said in a news release.

Lucasta pleaded no contest in January to second-degree intentional murder in the case.

Officers found Paterno in a pool of blood inside his home on August 8, 2018, after a neighbor reported hearing a loud fight and seeing a man with a knife leave the house, police said in court records.

Paterno was transported to a hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

Lucasta was arrested a week later during a traffic stop in Missouri.

He was initially charged with first-degree murder.

At the time of the murder, Lucasta was dating Paterno’s ex-wife.