Quick listing of crime news links, police action and stories of local misdeeds tonight . . .
Kansas City Wife Killer Convicted
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man who killed his wife and left her to be found by a child will spend the rest of his life in prison. A Jackson County judge Friday sentenced Benjamin Byers, 46, of Kansas City, Missouri, to life in prison for the stabbing murder of Melissa Byers, 47, in their home in 2017.
Cowtown Medical Drama
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) - Last week, a Kansas City woman last week pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud and related charges according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Jennifer Lynn Jones, 28, pleaded guilty in Wyandotte County District Court to one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of making false information.
Tragic JaxCo Youngster Beat Down
JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) - On Friday, a Jackson County judge sentenced Joshua Sims to 18 years in prison for beating his 6-month-old baby and causing significant injuries. Joshua A. Sims, 27, was sentenced to 18 years on for first-degree domestic assault causing serious injury.
JoCo Run-In Tonight
OLATHE, Kan. -- Olathe police are investigating after a child was hit by a car Friday afternoon. Officers were called to the 12800 block of S. Arapaho Drive shortly before 4 p.m. on a report of an injury crash. According to police, a 6-year-old boy was hit by a car when crossing the street.
NextGen Crime Progress
A study shows that fewer juveniles have been arrested and held in the Kansas juvenile justice system while the state has been investing in alternatives to incarceration.
Show-Me Tragic Lack Of Lady Prison Supplies In Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY * The Missouri Department of Corrections currently supplies female offenders with one size of menstrual pads for free, but if they want tampons, they have to buy them. That has left many of the inmates to make their own tampons out of materials available to them - shirts, bed sheets and the pads themselves.
Local Crime Lit
For years Harper Lee, the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," and a best friend of "In Cold Blood" author Truman Capote, had researched and worked on a true-crime novel of her own based on a series of deaths in Alabama, for which a small-town preacher had been rumored to be responsible.
Crime & Punishment Overview
The number of people in U.S. prisons fell to a nine-year low of just under 1.5 million last year, a 1.3 percent decrease, according to a report released recently by the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice. The prison population declined in 31 states last year, bringing the number of people in state custody down to about 1.3 million.
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