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Posted on: November 5, 2021

A Jackson County judge sentences Louis Watts to 30 years in prison for assault of ex-girlfriend

For Immediate Release

Nov. 5, 2021

A Jackson County judge today sentenced Louis J. Watts to 30 years in prison for his convictions related to the October 2019 shooting in Kansas City of his ex-girlfriend, who survived to testify against her attacker, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

In September, the jury found Louis J. Watts, dob: 9/30/1968, of Domestic Assault 1st Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Burglary 1st Degree, Stealing, and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.

The judge today sentenced Watts to 30 years on the Domestic Assault 1st Degree conviction and 30 years on the Unlawful Use of a Weapon conviction and lesser sentences on the other convictions. He set all the sentences to run concurrently for a total of 30 years.

According to court records, Kansas City police were dispatched to the 3900 block of Roanoke in Kansas City and found the victim bleeding from her face and spitting blood. The victim told police her ex-boyfriend, the defendant, had shot her. The defendant, a witness told police, told him that he had shot the victim. The victim was shot twice in her head and had a bullet lodged behind her eye.

Assistant  Jackson County Prosecuting Attorneys Jill Icenhower and Crispin Rea represented the state of Missouri in prosecuting this case.

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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