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Posted on: April 21, 2022

KC man, convicted at trial in shooting of 17-year-old, sentenced to 25 years in prison

For Immediate Release
April 21, 2022

A Kansas City man, 28, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 2019 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Deontae Campbell near the Landing in Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Tracy French, dob: 11/3/1993, was convicted in February after a jury trial of Involuntary Manslaughter, Armed Criminal Action and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm charges. On Thursday, a Jackson County judge sentenced French to 10 years on the Involuntary Manslaughter, 20 years on the first Armed Criminal Action, 25 years on the Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and 20 years on the other Armed Criminal Action conviction. The sentences were set to run concurrently for a total of 25 years in prison.

According to court records, police responded on April 5, 2019, to the area of 63rd and the Paseo regarding a shooting. They found a 17-year-old victim who was driving a vehicle and another 17-year-old victim in the passenger's seat of the vehicle. The passenger said they had just left the Landing Mall area when the defendant began shooting at their car. The driver was hit and lost control of the vehicle. The passenger attempted to control it but the vehicle struck a building. Surveillance video showed the defendant getting out of a vehicle, raising his hand as if he was pointing a gun. Then the victims' vehicle is shown crashing into the building. The defendant's DNA was found on a cellphone recovered at the crime scene. In May, when police went to arrest the defendant, he attempted to flee on foot 

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ben Cox  and Caitlyn Brock prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Missouri.

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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