For Immediate Release
March 12, 2019
A Jackson County jury today recommended prison sentences up to 54 years for Joseph Gonsalez, who was convicted late Monday in the fatal shooting in January 2018 of Elizabeth K. Richards, 19, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
The jury convicted Gonsalez, 12/22/1994, of Voluntary Manslaughter, Armed Criminal Action,Child Endangerment and a second Armed Criminal Action. On Tuesday, the jury recommended 15 years in prison on the manslaughter conviction, 25 years on Armed Criminal Action and 7 years on each of the remaining two charges. A Jackson County judge will set the sentence at a future hearing.
According to court records, police discovered the victim on the floor of a residence near 111th and College Avenue. She was bound by duct tape and had suffered a fatal gunshot to the head. Officers also contacted the defendant who had suffered a gunshot wound. The defendant's mother told police he shared custody of a 2-year-old child with the victim. The day of the homicide, he had asked her to leave the residence because she was coming over to drop the child. Later, she discovered a missed call. A message left by her son included him arguing with the vicitm and what sounded like a gunshot. When they returned to the residence, they found her on the floor. The 2-year-old was also in the residence. The mother of the defandant told police she removed duct tape that covered the victim's mouth. Surveillance video showed him purchasing duct tape.
Assistant Jackson County Prosecutors Kristiane Bryant and Crispin Rea prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Missouri.
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