Twelve Year Sentence for Home-Invasion Murder that Backfired

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 21-year-old Kansas City man was sentenced in Jackson County Court to 12 years in prison, even though he didn't pull the trigger on the gun that killed his burglary partner.

Police say Dominque Richardson, 21, and Trevor Garms, 17, were looking for guns when they broke into a home on April 9th, 2012, in the 5800 block of Garfield.

Their plan backfired badly.

A woman was inside the home at the time. Garms was armed with a BB gun and forced the woman into a closet. He didn't know the woman had her own gun hidden in the closet. When Garms checked on the woman a few minutes later, she shot him three times.

Jackson County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Hunt says under the law Richardson is responsible for whatever happens in the commission of a crime, including the death of his partner by their intended victim,

"His partner was the one who died and he's responsible for that too, but they put this young woman in a position where she had to kill his buddy and that's a horrible, horrible thing to do and that's the cost of doing business.... they found a gun, just the wrong end of it."

In court, Richardson apologized to his family, the family of Trevor Garms, and to the woman who shot Grams saying, "I just wish that I would've made a better decision that day."

Richardson was sentenced to 12-years for both 2nd degree murder and 1st degree burglary but because the sentences will run concurrent, he will serve 12 years.

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1 Comment

  • Chris

    Okay, this guy is a thug and deserves to go to prison for a long stretch for an armed, home invasion robbery. But convicting him for the “murder” of his partner by the home owner is an awful stretch. First, wouldn’t the law consider this self defense on the part of the actual shooter? So how is it murder on his part. Please, DAs, just enforce the laws on the books.