KC man pleads guilty to killing three people, including toddler, in 2015 shooting

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man pleaded guilty Thursday to a 2015 triple murder where a 1-year-old boy was killed.

Joseph Nelson, 26, will spend 33 years in prison for the murders of 18-year-old Shannon Rollins Jr., 17-year-old Bianca Fletcher and 1-year-old Joseph Fletcher.

Shannon Rollins, 18, Bianca Fletcher, 17, and Joseph Fletcher, 1.

Nelson pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and one count of witness tampering in Jackson County court.

Rollins, Fletcher and her son, Joseph, were fatally shot in September 2015 at a house in the 5900 block of East 84th Street in Kansas City.

According to court documents, a witness told investigators that Nelson was in an argument with Fletcher when she threw a diaper at him. After the fight, he shot her to death.

Joseph Nelson

In an attempt to eliminate witnesses, Nelson then killed Rollins and 1-year-old Joseph.

According to court documents, Nelson described to a witness how he collected shell casings at the scene of the murder and later sold the gun used in the crime.

After his initial charges, Nelson was indicted by a grand jury for trying to convince a witness to falsely testify that someone else committed the murders.

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