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Posted on: November 4, 2022

Judge sentences Independence man to 30 years for fatal shooting of woman

For Immediate Release
Nov. 4, 2022

A Jackson County judge today sentenced a 28-year-old Independence man to 30 years in prison for the fatal shooting on Dec. 16, 2020, of Oriana Starr inside an Independence residence, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

The judge sentenced Brandon A. McDaniel, dob: 9/21/1994, to 27 years on the Murder 2nd Degree and three years on Armed Criminal Action. A Jackson County jury in August convicted McDaniel of those two felony charges. The judge set those two sentences to run consecutively for a total prison sentence of 30 years.

According to court records, Independence police responded to the 9900 block of E. 63rd Street in Independence on a reported shooting. The mother of the defendant had called police and reported he had killed his girlfriend, Oriana Starr , on Dec. 16, 2020. They had been arguing and he shot her. Police found the victim on the floor of the apartment. A second witness told police that the defendant told him of the fatal shooting and showed him the firearm he used. The defendant later sold the firearm.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Brian Morris and Kelsey Blackwell 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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