September 8, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Jay Daugherty has sentenced Larry Jones, 31, to 25 years in state prison after he was convicted on one count each of 2nd degree murder and 1st degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action.
Koster said Jones and his cousin, Joseph 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 Jones 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, he was shot in the chest. Stamps then ran back into the apartment as the assailant 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.
The case went to trial on June 21, 2010, and Special Prosecutor Charles McKenzie represented the state, assisted by the Attorney General's Office. The co-defendant's case is scheduled for jury trial in the Jackson County Circuit Court on October 4 and will be handled by the Attorney General's Office.
"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."