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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Second Independence teen sentenced to 25 years in prison for 2016 murder

For Immediate Release

Sept. 13, 2018

A second Independence teen was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting in 2016 of James Hill outside an Independence drug store, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Tyrell Young, dob: 1/04/2000, in early August pleaded guilty to Murder 2nd Degree, two counts of Robbery 1st Degree and three counts of Armed Criminal Action.*

A Jackson County judge on Thursday sentenced Young to 25 years in prison on the Murder conviction and 10 years on the other convictions, setting all sentences to run concurrently.

 According to court records, on Sept. 22, 2016, witnesses told Independence police that the defendant brandished a gun at three persons who were outside the Walgreens on S. Sterling Avenue in Independence. He took a cell phone and purse from them. The victim, James Hill, ran after him and the defendant turned and shot Hill in the chest. Surveillance video from area businesses captured the incident. The defendant and another suspect, also a juvenile, ran from the scene.

The second teen, Keidren Robinson, has also pleaded guilty to the same charges and was sentenced in May to 22 years 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

*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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