Kansas City Murderers Put On Probation; Victim Families Outraged


Fifteen times in the last five years, killers convicted of second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter walked out of courtrooms in Kansas City, Missouri’s Jackson County with sentences of probation, reports the Kansas City Star. No other court in Missouri comes close to matching that generosity. Probation for those convicted of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter mirrors how Jackson County uses probation across a spectrum of violent crimes. Many violent criminals get probation despite being convicted of the worst robbery and assault crimes prosecuted in the area. Some receive second, third and fourth chances before finally hearing bars slam shut because they graduated to murder or manslaughter. The idea that even killers convicted of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter could get probation appalled, but didn't surprise, Julie Gulledge, who leads the local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children. She said, “We get so many complaints from victims, It's awful.” The killers ranged in age from 15 to 65. Most shot their victims or watched as an accomplice pulled the trigger.

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