News Flash

JCPAO Press Releases

Posted on: November 3, 2021

Independence man sentenced to 22 years in prison for wife's fatal shooting

For Immediate Release
Nov. 3,, 2021

An Independence man, 43,was sentenced Tuesday to 22 years in prison for the fatal shooting in July 2020 of his wife, Daina M. Smith, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Ryan D. Smith, dob: 9/18/1978, pleaded guilty to Murder 2nd Degree in August. He was sentenced on Tuesday by a Jackson County judge to 22 years in prison.

According to court documents filed today, Independence police were dispatched to the 3600 block of South Greenwich Lane on reports that a man had shot his wife. Officers, upon arrival, found a man who yelled, "that man shot my mom." Officers attempted to stop a Jeep after it left the residence. They stopped the vehicle and took the defendant into custody. The defendant initially told police his wife had been shot by a stranger.  They found the victim deceased inside. The victim’s sons told police that one of them had received a call from a family friend who reported that the defendant told him something bad happened to his mom. When he called the defendant, Smith said, "I shot your mom in the head. I need help." Witnesses said the victim had been unhappy with the defendant’s drinking.

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

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.

Charging Document(s)
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in JCPAO Press Releases

KC man charged in April 30 homicide in KC

Posted on: September 29, 2017

16-year-old KC teen charged in 2016 murder

Posted on: December 23, 2016

KC man charged in Midtown carjacking

Posted on: November 4, 2016

KC man charged in rape of 14-year-old girl

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Charges in Grandview robbery

Posted on: April 20, 2016

Guilty plea in child death case

Posted on: April 13, 2016

KC man charged in KC car chase

Posted on: April 8, 2016

Police officer’s conviction upheld

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Charges filed in fatal KC shooting

Posted on: April 1, 2016

Charges filed in Independence murder

Posted on: March 31, 2016

Independence eluding leads to charges

Posted on: March 11, 2016

Sexual assault of 15-year-old

Posted on: March 9, 2016

Charges in weekend chase, crash

Posted on: March 6, 2016

Sword-wielding man leads police on chase

Posted on: February 25, 2016

Charges in Monday shooting

Posted on: February 24, 2016

Two charged in double homicide

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Manslaughter charges filed in 2015 wreck

Posted on: January 25, 2016

One charged in KC rape

Posted on: January 22, 2016

Charges in Jan. 9 gun slaying

Posted on: January 15, 2016

Messina honored by KCMBA

Posted on: January 8, 2016

Charges in Independence murder

Posted on: January 8, 2016

Charges in Grandview hit-and-run

Posted on: December 30, 2015

Solar energy theft involved area churches

Posted on: December 16, 2015