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Posted on: February 24, 2018

Jackson County jury convicts Independence man in reported road rage and fatal shooting in 2017

For Immediate Release

Feb. 24, 2018

A Jackson County jury early this morning (Sat. Feb. 24, 2018) found a 46-year-old Independence man guilty in the reported road rage incident and fatal shooting in 2017 of 19-year-old man at 104th and Holmes, Jackson County  Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

John C. Young, 1/11/1972, found guilty on six of eight felony counts: Involuntary Manslaughter, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault, two counts of Armed Criminal Action and Tampering With Physical Evidence.*

The defendant will be sentenced at a later date.

According to court records, Kansas City police responded to a reported shooting in the area of 104th and Holmes and found two victims. One of them, 19-year-old Christopher Hutson died as a result of his injuries. A witness to the shooting who was riding in Hutson’s car said a driver of a blue vehicle had become upset and yelled, "Learn to fucking drive." The driver of the blue vehicle pulled up next to Hutson’s vehicle and fired shots from a handgun. Hutson did not have a weapon and said nothing to the defendant, the witness stated. An individual told police that the person driving a blue vehicle in the video released of the reported shooter was John C. Young. The surviving victim from a photo lineup identified Young as the shooter, and police found blue paint on the victim’s gold vehicle and damage on the defendant’s vehicle consistent with the paint transfer on the victim’s vehicle.

Assistant Jackson County prosecutors Luke Alsobrook and Lauren Barrett 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

*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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