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Posted on: October 5, 2019

Jackson County jury convicts homeless man who stabbed two victims

For Immediate Release

Oct. 5, 2019

A Jackson County jury on Friday found Panom R. Gai, 50, guilty of multiple felony counts in connection with a 2017 fatal stabbing of a woman and the wounding of another person, Jackson County  Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

The jury convicted Gai, dob: 3/12/1969, of involuntary manslaughter, assault in the 2nd Degree, and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.*

The defendant will be sentenced on Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.

According to court records, Kansas City police responded to the 1500 block of West 12th Street on on an evening in Nov. 2017. Police found victim Cynthia Thomas fatally wounded, A man was also injured. Surveillance video from the area showed the defendant using a knife blade on the end of a cane or stick to stab each victim.The surviving victim identified the attacker as Gai. 

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Jeremy Baldwin and Erin Schleipman 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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