For Immediate Release
June 2, 2017
A Jackson County judge today sentenced Howard Chase21, to two life sentences plus 30 years for his convictions in the Oct. 2014 murder of 6-year-old Angel Hooper in south Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
A jury convicted Chase, dob: 7/26/1995, in April of Murder 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.
The judge today sentenced Chase to two counts of life in prison for the Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action convictions, plus 15 years sentences for the Unlawful Use of a Weapon and second Armed Criminal Action convictions. The judge set those sentences to run concurrently.
A co-defendant, Leandre Smith, was sentenced earlier this year to 23 years on Murder 2nd, 15 on the Unlawful Use of Weapon and 10 years on each ACA. The judge set those sentences to run concurrently. The defendant will be required to serve at least 85 percent of that time in prison.
For more information, contact:
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.