For Immediate Release
May 23, 2017
A Kansas City convicted felon has been charged with firing a weapon in a south Kansas City church last weekend, injuring one person, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Orlando L. Gentry, dob: 6/15/1987, faces Assault 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and a misdemeanor Unlawful Use of a Weapon for carrying a loaded firearm into a church.*
According to court records filed today, the defendant went inside the House of Refuge Family Worship Church in the 10800 block of Hillcrest Road on Sunday and became involved in a struggle inside the church with staff and others. Witnesses reported seeing a gun in his waistband. He was wrestled to the ground, but then produced a handgun, witnesses said, and began firing shots. The victim stated that he was a greeter at the church when he observed the argument. The greeter followed the defendant as he moved away from the struggle, and the defendant fired a shot at the victim, grazing his head. The defendant is a convicted felon.
Prosecutors requested a bond of $100,000.
For more information, contact:
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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.