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Charges Field In Shootings At Vehicles
A 27-year-old Grandview, Mo., man has been charged with multiple felony counts in connection with 12 incidents where a gun was fired at a motor vehicle, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced April 18, 2014. > MORE

Guilty Plea Entered In Nodaway County
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker today filed a criminal charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 2nd Degree related to the Jan. 8, 2012, allegations of sexual assault of a 14-year-old Nodaway County girl in the residence of a high school acquaintance.

The defendant, Matthew B. Barnett, 19 (dob 4/7/1994), entered a guilty plea today to the charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 2nd Degree, a misdemeanor under Missouri law. > MORE

Defendant Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison
A Jackson County judge sentenced Ja A. Ray, 43, to 25 years in a Missouri prison for the Nov. 11, 2012 murder of Essence Willoughby, 21. As part of a plea agreement, Ray will serve at least 85 percent of the 25-year sentence for Murder 2nd Degree. > MORE

Maryville Case Statement
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker issues statement after her
office is named special prosecutor in Maryville, Missouri case. > STATEMENT

Department Of Justice Awards $1 Million Grant
The governing board of Kansas City No Violence Alliance, known as KC NoVA, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the new violence-reduction effort in Kansas City a three-year, $1 million grant.

“This is wonderful news for the KC NoVA effort,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, a member of the KC NoVA governing board. “This will add to our arsenal to target violent crime by focusing police officers on the right people associated with violence on the streets.” > MORE

Major Grant For No Violence Alliance
The governing board of the Kansas City No Violence Alliance is pleased to announce that the violence reduction project, commonly known as KC NoVA, has received a major new grant of $148,879 from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

The grant will be directed by KC NoVA to fund the social services component of the new violence-reduction effort in Kansas City. > MORE

Perjured Testimony Nets 10-year Prison Term
Jackson County Judge Robert Schieber sentenced a 27-year-old woman today (July 25) to 10 years in prison for providing false testimony in an attempt to help convicted murderer Diamond Blair during his February 2013 trial. 

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker asked the court to sentence Daquetta D. Davis, 27, of Portageville, Mo., to 10-year sentences on each of two counts of perjury related to her testimony in Blair’s trial. > MORE 

Child-Abuse Loophole Closed In Missouri
Child Abuse Law SigningJackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker on Tuesday, July 9 cheered Gov. Jay Nixon’s signing into law new legislation to close a loophole in child abuse reporting.

“When it comes to the protection of our most vulnerable persons ­-- our children -- Missouri cannot tolerate holes in its safety net,” said Baker, who attended Gov. Jay Nixon’s signing of the legislation at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

“Reporting suspected child abuse is everyone's responsibility,” Baker added. “This law makes clear that duty, regardless of position or title.” > MORE

Guilty Plea In Voter Fraud
Two Gladstone residents today pleaded guilty to charges related to voter fraud in the Aug. 3, 2010, primary election in Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

John C. Moretina, 60, and Clara M. Moretina, 61, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of Committing Class Three Election Offenses. They entered the plea this morning before Jackson County Judge Joel Fahnestock. > MORE

Defendant Sentenced To 50 Years In 16-Year-Old Girl's Murder
A Jackson County judge sentenced DeQuan A. Hawkins on Friday, June 20, to 50 years in prison for the murder of 16-year-old Shalonda Perkins. 

Judge David Byrn sentenced Hawkins, 22 (dob: 3/19/1992), to 30 years in prison on the charge of Murder 2nd Degree and 20 years on a second charge of Armed Criminal Action. The sentences are to run consecutively. > MORE

KC Man Sentenced To Life For Rape Of 84-Year-Old Woman
Tony L Putman, 19, was sentenced today by a Jackson County judge to life in prison for the rape of an 84-year-old woman in July 2012, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today. Putman was also sentenced to an additional 10 years in prison to run consecutive to the life sentence. The extra 10 years was for Robbery 2nd Degree and two counts of Kidnapping. > MORE

Charges Involving 9-Year-Old Girl
A Kansas City, Mo., couple has been charged in connection with child abuse involving a 9-year-old girl who was restrained in their basement, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Lacey A. Chaney, 27 (11/16/1985), and Timothy A. Phillips, 29 (dob 5/14/1983), each face Abuse of Neglect of A child, Endangering the Welfare of a Child 1st Degree and Felonious Resraint. > MORE

Costs of Violent Crime
A new study compiled by the KC No Violence Alliance's research partners at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology sets the costs of violent crime, including homicide. A single murder costs $1.3 million in tangible costs, including medical expenses, lost earnings, as well as police, prosecution and corrections costs. When you add in intangible costs, the pain, suffering and other costs associated with injuries, about $8.4 million, the total is $8.98 million. > MORE

Child Sex & Assault Charges Filed
An Independence man has been charged in a child sex and domestic assault case involving two women. Morgan Lee Littleton, 31 (dob: 7/16/1981), faces four counts of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree, two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Child and four counts of Domestic Assault in the Second Degree. > MORE

Guilty Verdict In KC Murder
A Jackson County jury on Wednesday found Robert L. Washington guilty of Murder 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action. > MORE

Murder Charges Filed
A Kansas City man has been charged in the double slaying on Jan. 28, 2013, of Brian G. Cunningham and Therman Lacy III, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today. Glenn A. Pulluaim II, 18 (dob: 7/15/1994), faces two counts of Murder 2nd Degree and two counts of Armed Criminal Action. > MORE

Sentence In Grain Valley Child Sex Case
A Jackson County judge on Thursday sentenced Matthew Nelson, a former Grain Valley teacher, to 15 years in prison. Nelson was sentenced by Judge Michael Manners to 15 years on each of 15 counts of child molestation and statutory sodomy and seven years on a 16th count of attempted child molestation. > MORE

'Call-Ins' Early Step In Effort To Reduce Violence
More than three dozen individuals identified in social networks or groups associated with violent crime in Kansas City appeared Wednesday at the first “call-ins” held by the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA).

Those attending were asked to help the community stop violence and were offered social services to help them. > MORE

Guilty Finding In March 25, 2012 Murder
A Jackson County jury found Curtis D. Bradley, 32, guilty of a variety of felony charges related to the March 25, 2012, murder of Wiley Garner. > MORE

Bishop Found Guilty
A Jackson County Judge on Thursday found Bishop Robert W. Finn guilty of the misdemeanor charge of Failure of a Mandated Reporter to Report, related to the Diocese's oversight of Father Shawn Ratigan in 2010 and 2011. > MORE

Stipulation Testimony In State V. Finn Case
Download stipulation document > MORE

7th Neighborhood Prosecution Team To Launched
The seventh neighborhood prosecution team will launch on July 25 in the city's Northeast area. The launch puts the office well on its way to meeting its 2012 goal of 10 neighborhood prosecution teams for Kansas City. These new teams focus new attention on Kansas City neighborhoods struggling to deal with a variety of crime and nuisance issues. > MORE

Special Prosecution Teams Launched For KC Neighborhoods
Four special prosecution teams -- so far -- have been assigned by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to a new effort to focus enforcement and crime prevention efforts in Kansas City neighborhoods.

The first team launched in October in the area around 27th and Prospect Avenue. A second area, along Independence Avenue between The Paseo and Prospect Ave., also launched in 2011. > MORE

Former Independence Pastor Pleads Guilty To Murder
David Love will serve life in prison for the murder of Randy Stone, an Independence insurance agent who was murder in March 2010 in his Independence office. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced at a morning press conference in Independence today, Nov. 9, 2011, that prosecutors agreed to allow plea to Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action charges; Love agreed to a life sentence for those crimes. Love 51, appeared about 8 a.m. in the courtroom of Jackson County Judge Robert M. Schieber and entered his guilty plea. > MORE


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