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Posted on: June 4, 2021

Blue Springs man sentenced to 25 years in prison for 2019 murder in KC

For Immediate Release
June 4, 2021

A Jackson County judge has sentenced a 27-year-old Blue Springs man, to 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting in March 2019 of Joseph Corum inside a Kansas City residence, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

In February, Jonathan S. Lowrey, dob: 12/19/1993, of Blue Springs, pleaded guilty to Murder 2nd Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Tampering With a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree and Burglary 1st Degree. A judge today sentenced Lowrey to 25 years in prison for the Murder 2nd Degree. He also sentenced him to 20 years for Armed Criminal Action, seven years for Tampering and 7 years for Burglary. All sentences were set to run concurrently.

According to court records, Kansas City police responded in the early morning hours of March 28, 2019, to the 2400 block of Lister. A witness stated she was inside and heard the victim yelling at someone outside, then she heard a loud vehicle and a gunshot. Another gunshot. Then the vehicle drove away. Another witness said he heard arguing and saw a man arguing with a male later identified as the defendant. He saw the defendant go back to his vehicle, open the door and remove a long gun. Then he shot the victim three times before he drove away. Another witness provided video from her surveillance system showing the defendant sitting in the van. She stated he had 5 tally marks on his face which he stated was a "body count." On April 18, 2019, the defendant was arrested and transported for questioning. The detective noticed the defendant had 6 tally marks under his right eye. Also, DNA taken from shell casings recovered at the crime scene was matched to the defendant.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Lauren Whiston and Alison Schenkelberg prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Missouri.

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

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