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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Jackson County jury recommends up to 34 years in prison for defendant in Ja'Que Dawkins murder

For Immediate Release

Feb. 27, 2017

A Jackson County jury has convicted a 23-year-old Kansas City man in the Nov. 2015 fatal shooting of Ja'Que Dawkins and today recommended up to 34 years in prison, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

The jury today recommended that Kimani I. Sterling, dob: 7/7/2993, serve up to 22 years on his Murder 2nd Degree conviction and up to 12 years on his Armed Criminal Action conviction. The jury on Friday found Sterling guilty on both counts. It returned today to recommend a sentence. A Jackson County judge will formally sentence Sterling on April 20.

On Nov. 15, 2015, Kansas City police found the victim's body in the intersection of 57th and Oak Street. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Witnesses told police Sterling had been at a Downtown club with the vicitm. Witnesses said they were driving in the Brookside area when the defendant turned and shot the victim multiple times inside a vehicle. Another defendant charged in connection with the incident has already pleaded to lesser charges.

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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