Man gets life sentence for 2009 murder


Derrick Bluett’s mugshot from the Jackson County Detention Center

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated.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. – A man will be held behind bars for the rest of his life without the possibility for parole or probation after a judge’s sentence was handed down Thursday. Derrick Bluett received that sentence for the 2009 murder of Maurice West according to a news release from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office.

Bluett also received 20 years for armed criminal action that is set to run consecutive to the first-degree murder conviction. West was found shot to death at 116th and Holiday drive. Detectives used surveillance camera images to locate a key witness, who said that he and Bluett were looking for some people that had been involved in a fight with relatives.

When the pair came across West’s path, Bluett pulled a handgun and shot him according to witnesses. Bluett had been serving a five-year sentence for separate burglary and tampering convictions



More News