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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Second defendant convicted in 2014 fatal shooting of 6-year-old Angel Hooper

For Immediate Release

April 3, 2017

A Jackson County jury today convicted Howard Chase  in the Oct. 2014 murder of 6-year-old Angel Hooper in south Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Chase was convicted of Murder 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and two counts of Armed Criminal Action. 

Chase will be sentenced by a Jackson County judge at a future hearing.

A co-defendant, Leandre Smith, was sentenced earlier this year to 23 years on Murder 2nd, 15 on the Unlawful Use of Weapon and 10 years on each ACA. The judge set those sentences to run concurrently. The defendant will be required to serve at least 85 percent of that time in prison.

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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