December 3, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Brian Wimes has sentenced Joseph Jones, 30, to life without parole for 1st degree murder. Jones also was sentenced to 30 years for armed criminal action associated with the murder, 15 years for 2nd degree assault, and 15 years for armed criminal action associated with the assault, all of which will run concurrently.
This case went to trial on October 4, 2010, and Attorney General Koster personally tried the case along with Assistant Attorney General Page Bellamy. The Attorney General's Office had been named Special Prosecutor in the case.
The case of the co-defendant, Larry Jones, went to trial on June 21, 2010, and Special Prosecutor Charles McKenzie represented the state, assisted by the Attorney General's Office. Larry Jones was convicted of 2nd degree murder and in September was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
According to Koster, Jones and his cousin, Larry Jones, entered a Kansas City, Missouri, apartment complex in August 2006 in search of Tyrone Stamps, who reportedly had purchased marijuana earlier in the day from Larry and later argued with Jones over the phone. Joseph was armed with a 12-gauge shotgun when he and Larry entered the apartment complex and threatened some residents to find Stamps. As Stamps exited an upstairs apartment, Joseph Jones shot him in the chest. Stamps then ran back into the apartment as Jones continued shooting and struck a 10-year-old girl in the back, seriously wounding her. Stamps then jumped out a window and ran to his mother's nearby apartment, where he collapsed and died in her arms. Larry and Joseph Jones fled the scene with security officers in pursuit. Ultimately, they were caught and charged.
"These senseless crimes will haunt the victims and families for the rest of their lives," Koster said. "This sentence, though appropriate, cannot undo what has been done, but I am thankful that this predator will be behind bars for a very long time."