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Posted on: September 27, 2019

Impaired KC wrong-way driver sentenced to 26 years in prison

For Immediate Release

Sept. 27, 2019

A Kansas City man who in November 2017 was driving at 2 a.m. the wrong way on U.S. 71 Highway near Interstate 435, resulting in a collision that killed Laura and Ryan Humphrey was sentenced today to 26 years in prison, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Preston E. Moore, dob: 10/29/1988, who pleaded in July was sentenced today by a Jackson County judge to 13 years on each count of DWI -- causing the death of another. The judge set those 13-year sentences to run consecutive to each other, for a total sentence of 26 years. The  judge also sentenced Moore to four years on a separate Driving While Suspended count, which the judge set to run concurrently to the 26 years.

According to court records, the Humphreys were driving northbound on U.S. 71 at Interstate 435 after 2 a.m. when they crashed with a vehicle driven by Moore. They sustained deadly injuries and Moore also was injured. Witnesses told police that the vehicle driven by Moore was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes at a high rate of speed. An open liquor bottle was found in the vehicle driven by Moore. Toxicology results showed Moore with an elevated level of alcohol. Moore has a previous DWI conviction.

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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