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KC man sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatal shooting in 2015 of Dominique Stafford

For Immediate Release

May 24, 2021

A Kansas City man has been sentenced to 20 years in a Missouri prison for the fatal shooting in April 2015 of Dominique Stafford, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Derius Taylor, dob: 7/31/1988, pleaded guilty to Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action. A Jackson County judge on Friday sentenced Taylor to 10 years in prison on each of those convictions.

According to court records filed, charges were filed in 2017 alleging Taylor fatally shot the victim, Dominique Stafford, who was found slumped over in a car left at 37th and Elmwood. The victim's phone records showed calls to his phone from a friend of Taylor's. A witness told police that Taylor shot the victim after he arranged to meet him. Taylor told the witness he knew he would need to shoot the victim because he intended to rob him. Detectives found that Taylor had pawned a necklace taken from the victim.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile : (816) 674-3954

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