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Posted on: December 1, 2017

Dontae Jefferson pleads guilty to felony charges in connection with jail assault

For Immediate Release

Dec. 1, 2017

The Kansas City man who was sentenced to life without parole for shooting a boy and murdering the boy’s father at a gas station in April 2014 has now also pleaded guilty to felony charges related an assault in the Jackson County Detention Center, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Jefferson pleaded guilty on Thursday to Burglary 1st Degree for knowingly entering the jail cell of the victim for purpose of committing rape in the 1st Degree. A Jackson County judge sentenced Jefferson to five years in a Missouri prison.

In October, Jefferson was sentenced to four life sentences, including life without parole for the April 2014 murder of Kav’Yea Curry and the wounding of his then-10-year-old son, now in a wheelchair.

After Jefferson pleaded guilty yesterday, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to dismiss the rape charge and two other sexual abuse charges originally filed against Jefferson for the Sept. 2016, assault in the jail. This allows Jefferson to move more quickly from the Jackson County Detention Center to a Missouri prison, where he will stay for life without parole. It also allows the detention center assault case to be resolved without further emotional trauma for the victim.

“Our victim in this horrible sexual assault will not have to relive the experience with her attacker just a few feet away at trial,” Baker said in a prepared statement. “A previous Jackson County jury made certain this assailant will spend the rest of his life in prison.

“It was also important to achieve justice for the victim in the sexual assault,” Baker continued. “And I am so pleased we did so while protecting her from further emotional trauma.”

Jefferson was moved about 8 p.m. Thursday to the Missouri prison system.

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

*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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