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Posted on: August 11, 2018

Jackson County jury convicts KC man in Westport rape case

For Immediate Release

Aug. 11, 2018

A Jackson County jury late Friday convicted Derek Donnell of multiple felony counts related to a sexual assault following a night in Westport, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Donnell, dob: 1/3/1986, was convicted of two counts of Rape or Attempted Rape 1st Degree, Sodomy or Attempted Sodomy 1st Degree and Kidnapping*

Sentencing will be set on a future date.

According to court records, the victim said she was in the Westport area when she met a man. The two walked to his car to smoke marijuana. While inside the car, the man made unwanted sexual advances. She told him to stop, but he refused. The attacker then forced the victim into the back seat of his car and raped her. During the assault, the man choked the woman and pulled her hair.

The woman tried to run away, but the defendant chased her down, threw her to the ground, punched her and forced her back into his car. He assaulted her a second time. The woman escaped her again and flagged down the patrol officers.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Jill Icenhower and Kristen Ries 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

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.

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