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Posted on: December 7, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Defendant sentenced in 2015 murder of 3-year-old Amorian Hale

For Immediate Release:

Dec. 7, 2018

A Jackson County Judge sentenced Dominique Marchbanks today to 165 years plus a life sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the 2015 murder of 3-year-old Amorian Hale.

In a statement, Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker: 

“Amorian was a wholly innocent 3 year old. His life was callously taken from his family and this community. His contribution will never be realized because of this man’s cowardly act of spraying Amorian’s home with gunfire, fatally striking Amorian as he slept in his bed. We are grateful that Judge Harrell issued a sentence that acknowledges what was lost – not just a life, but a lifetime of potential, hope, and the kind of unconditional love that can only be given through a child’s eyes. Though 165 consecutive years, plus a life sentence will not restore our community, this sentence serves as a statement that violence in our community will not be tolerated.”

When handing down the sentence, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Kevin D. Harrell said he "hopes you [defendant] will think about your [defendant's] actions and grieve Amorian Hale, who will never grow old."

For more information, contact: 

Jared D. Bustamante

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Jackson County Prosecutor's Office

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor


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