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Posted on: February 25, 2019

Kansas City man sentenced to 40 years for crimes that resulted in officer's shooting

For Immediate Release: 

Feb. 25, 2019

A Jackson County judge has sentenced Joseph Wyatt, 30, to 40 years in a Missouri prison for the robbery and kidnapping of 82-year-old Billy Fowler, a series of crimes in March 2017 that also resulted in Independence Police Officer Tom Wagstaff severely injured by a gunshot, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

In December, a judge found the defendant guilty of eight felony counts: Robbery in the First Degree, two counts of Armed Criminal Action. Burglary, Kidnapping, Resisting Arrest, Attempted Robbery, and Tampering with a Motor Vehicle.

Today, the judge sentenced Wyatt to 30 years on one Robbery conviction, and 15 years on the Kidnapping, Burglary 1st Degree and second Robbery 1st Degree conviciton, plus 4 years on Resisting Arrest and 7 years on Tampering With a Motor Vehicle. The judge set all those sentences to run concurrently. He also sentenced Wyatt to 5 years on each Armed Criminal Action conviction and set those to each run consecutively to the other charges for a total of 40 years.

Members of the Independence Police Deparatment were present in the courtroom for the sentencing, in support of Wagstaff. Michael Hunt, a Chief Trial Assistant in the Jackson County Prosecutors' Office, told the court: “This was a brazen attack that the defendant must pay commiserate with the damage he inflicted.”

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

mmansur@jacksongov.org

http://jacksoncountyprosecutor.com

*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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