KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A convicted felon has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing another man in Kansas City's Westport bar and entertainment district after he was linked to the crime through DNA collected from a cup and straw.
Thirty-six-year-old Tyre Jackson, of Kansas City, was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the October 2016 killing of 25-year-old Derrick Jones. He also pleaded guilty to a December 2016 robbery.
Court records say Jones was shot during a robbery and carjacking. DNA testing was conducted on a Styrofoam cup recovered from the scene because Jackson was seen with such a cup on surveillance video. Jackson was on probation at the time in a robbery and kidnapping case.
Charges are pending against a second suspect.