Murder victim’s dad hopes man suspected of shooting his teenage son gets death penalty

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Richard Johnson said on Thursday he was on a routine run to a neighborhood QuikTrip in North Kansas City, listening to the radio when he suddenly heard a breaking news report.

"Man, I couldn't believe it. It first said Sandra Kay Sutton, the woman held in the wooden box was found dead, and, then it said her son was also found dead in Clinton, Missouri. So many things went through my mind. I had non-stop migraines all night after hearing that. I was shocked," said Johnson, who immediately called Clinton Police.

Police believe James Horn Jr., a man charged with kidnapping Sandra Sutton and confining her to a box, is responsible for killing the 47-year-old woman and 17-year-old Zachary Sutton. Zachary is Johnson's son.

"Yep they confirmed it for me, telling me that was my son and his mother. I did a lot of crying yesterday morning and last night. I'm still in shock," Johnson told FOX 4's Robert Townsend during an interview Friday.

Richard said he hadn't seen or talked to Zachary in about five years. He said he and Zachary's maternal grandparents had joint custody of the boy. He said his son dreamed of joining the Army after graduating from Clinton High School.

"He was energetic, shy, a little hyper; just a regular, good kid," said the grieving and angry father, who now wants justice for Zachary and his mother.

"This man sat down, planned and executed this. There's no doubt in my mind that he did this, and so yes, he deserves death row. I want the death penalty if he's alive, definitely," exclaimed Johnson.

The search for Horn is ongoing. He's considered armed and dangerous, and if you see him you can call 911, Crimestoppers at (660) 827-TIPS, or the Clinton Police Department at (660) 885-2679.