A Kansas City man charged in connection with a July 2016 homicide in Independence was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty early this month in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Joseph Bonhomme pleaded guilty Nov. 3 to voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action for the shooting death of 22-year-old Robert Davis in a Noland Road apartment building. Bonhomme had been scheduled to go on trial Nov. 6. He originally was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action, but the former charge was upgraded to second-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty.

According to court documents, Bonhomme and another man had gone to an apartment to pay $5 for a marijuana sale. Davis and another man closed the door, Bonhomme tried to open it again and at one point fired a pistol. Police found a bleeding Davis just inside the doorway, and he was rushed to the hospital, where he died two days later.

Bonhomme's sentence is to run concurrent with earlier suspended sentences for burglary, theft and tampering charges in separate cases.

 

Former teacher sentenced

A former Lee's Summit North High School teacher has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after he admitted to a sexual relationship with a male student.

Zhiyang Ji was sentenced Nov. 9 by a Jackson County judge after he pleaded guilty to second-degree statutory sodomy and two counts of sexual contact with a student.

Ji had been in the United States on a work visa from China and taught Chinese in the district beginning in August 2016 and had been tutoring the student victim with math and Chinese courses. According to court documents, the two went to dinner or a coffee shop multiple times together, and the victim told police the sexual acts took place on multiple days outside of school, including at the suspects residence in Johnson County, Kansas. The two also exchanged nude pictures of themselves.

Ji was arrested in March after a district administrator Ji admitted to a district administrator about the sexual relationship and the administrator reported it to police.