For Immediate Release
Oct. 12, 2018
A Jackson County judge late Thursday sentenced to 35 years in a Missouri prison Derek Donnell, convicted in August of multiple felony counts related to a sexual assault following a night in Westport, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
A jury convicted Donnell, dob: 1/3/1986, in August of two counts of Rape or Attempted Rape 1st Degree, Sodomy or Attempted Sodomy 1st Degree and Kidnapping. The defendant was sentenced late Thursday to 10 years on each rape conviction, 10 years on the Sodomy and 5 years on the Kidnapping. The judge set all sentences to run consecutively.
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.
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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.