Suspected shooter has checkered criminal history, made commotion where he lived

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dontae Jefferson, 27, is behind bars Thursday night, a place he's not unfamiliar with. According to online court records, Jefferson was released from prison just eight months ago.

Now he's charged with six criminal counts, including first-degree murder, stemming from the gas station shooting the fatally wounded a dad Ka'Vyea Curry and critically injured his 10-year-old son Ka'Vyea Tyson.

Jefferson had served 10 years of a 20-year sentence for robbery and armed criminal action convictions. According to online records Jefferson was just 17 years old when he first entered the prison system.

Court documents say Jefferson was living at a home on East 99th Street in Kansas City and his recent re-entry into the neighborhood didn’t go unnoticed by neighbors. Some FOX 4 spoke with on Thursday were too afraid to their face.

“I don't know, but there was a lot of commotion.  A lot of cars, noisy radios in and out, constant while they were here day and night,” said a neighbor.

But even the commotion didn’t lead neighbors to believe the 27-year-old might be violent or a cold-blooded killer until they heard why police cars converged on the home early Thursday morning.

“I've been following this case. It’s been shocking since the beginning. Just taking a man's life and then his son, so to hear that the guy responsible lives down the street, I mean it’s just shocking, but at the same time it’s a relief to know that they got this man,” said a neighbor.

Now, Jefferson is charged with the gas station shooting and for some, it's unthinkable.

“It’s sickening. It makes me sick. To shoot a man with children, that’s unforgivable, that’s unforgivable,” said another neighbor.

Now residents of the neighborhood are hoping Jefferson gets life, and this time, isn’t released before serving his time if he’s convicted on what’s he’s charged with. FOX 4 also discovered that Jefferson and Ka’Vyea Curry served time at the same correctional facility in St. Joseph. Online court records indicate their time overlapped, but prison officials wouldn’t confirm that when contacted by FOX 4.

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4 comments

    • Lauren Anderson

      Our prison system is broken. They don’t have room for the number of people arrested. If he had good behavior inside, it would be very easy for them to say that at 17 he made a mistake but could still make something of his life. Parole board couldn’t possibly have known he’d commit this crime.

  • Truth be Told

    I’m going to tell you all something. People need to stop living in fear of people like this. Load your guns and be ready to shoot. Nothing is going stop someone with a gun unless its a bullet. This dude should be shot in the head. What a waste now we gotta start paying for him to eat and sleep again. Waste of 2 lives, and a young boy that didn’t ever hurt anyone is suffering and living the rest of his life without his dad.