For Immediate Release
Feb. 24, 2018
A Jackson County judge has sentenced a 46-year-old Independence man to 24 years in prison for the fatal shooting in 2017 of a 19-year-old man as part of a road rage incident near 104th and Holmes in Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
In February, a Jackson County jury found John C. Young, 1/11/1972, guilty on six of eight felony counts: Involuntary Manslaughter, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault, two counts of Armed Criminal Action and Tampering With Physical Evidence.*
Today, a Jackson County judge sentenced Young to 20 years on the Unlawful Use of a Weapon -- Causing Injury or Death conviction, plus 4 years more for Tampering with Physical Evidence, totaling 24 years in prison. In addition, Young was sentenced to 10 years for Involuntary Manslaughter, 10 years for Armed Criminal Action, 20 years on a second Armed Criminal Action and 1 year on Assault in the 4th Degree. All of those sentences were set to run concurrently to the 24 years set for the Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Tampering With Physical Evidence convictions.
According to court records, Kansas City police responded to a reported shooting in the area of 104th and Holmes and found two victims. One of them, 19-year-old Christopher Hutson died as a result of his injuries. A witness to the shooting who was riding in Hutson’s car said a driver of a blue vehicle had become upset and yelled, "Learn to fucking drive." The driver of the blue vehicle pulled up next to Hutson’s vehicle and fired shots from a handgun. Hutson did not have a weapon and said nothing to the defendant, the witness stated. An individual told police that the person driving a blue vehicle in the video released of the reported shooter was John C. Young. The surviving victim from a photo lineup identified Young as the shooter, and police found blue paint on the victim’s gold vehicle and damage on the defendant’s vehicle consistent with the paint transfer on the victim’s vehicle.
Assistant Jackson County prosecutors Luke Alsobrook and Lauren Barrett prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Missouri.
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Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
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*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.