Read closely, this is a nuanced take from our blog community which contends that a tougher prosecution for previous offenses could have saved this guy's life and prevented local suffering. Check-it . . .
TKC Reader: Jackson County Leniency
Only a few of the local media outlets detailed the violent history of Malcolm Johnson, the man shot and killed this week during an arrest by KCPD.
From these media reports, it would appear the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office could have prevented this incident as well as the other recent shooting which Johnson was suspected in from happening had it not been for their past lenient and slap on the wrist plea deal, which as many know, are nothing new for violent criminals in Jackson County.
Johnson was previously charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action regarding a 2014 homicide in Raytown. Following a mishap with the jail leading to his accidental release in 2016, he was later captured again and was in possession of a stolen handgun.
In 2017, he accepted a generous plea deal from the prosecutor’s office to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, which would only seek a six year prison sentence.
6 years for murder??? He was reportedly paroled a year later in 2018.
Fast forward to March of this year, while still on parole, Johnson is suspected in another shooting and was yet again armed with a handgun when officers attempted to take him into custody. According to MSHP, Johnson shot one of the arresting officers before the officer returned fire and ultimately killed Johnson.
Frankly there are some serious questions that need to be addressed by the prosecutor about why her office gave a plea deal to a lesser charge with what turned out to be a one year sentence in prison for a murder?
And why time and time again, we are seeing Kansas City victims and suspects of assaults, robberies, and homicides who should be in custody but are not because of slap on the wrist plea deals from the prosecutors office?
Had Johnson been given an appropriate sentence for the previous murder instead of a ridiculous deal, he would likely still be alive today and in custody. If he was, the recent shooting victim and KCPD officer would not have been shot this month.