An Independence man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for a fatal road-rage shooting of a young father-to-be last May in south Kansas City.
In February, a Jackson County jury found John C. Young, 46, guilty of involuntary manslaughter, unlawful use of a weapon, assault, two counts of armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence.
On Friday, a judge sentenced Young to 20 years for unlawful use of a weapon and four years more for tampering. In addition, he was sentenced to 10 years each for involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, 20 years for the second armed criminal action and one year for fourth-degree assault – all to run concurrently with the 24 years on the first two convictions.
The shooting happened around 4 p.m. May 25, 2017, in the area of 104th and Holmes Road. Kansas City police who responded on a shooting call found the young man and his pregnant girlfriend. Christopher Hutson, 19, of Lee’s Summit, had been shot in the head. His girlfriend was injured, but was treated at a hospital and released.
The victims had been on their way home after a medical test for her. They became lost in rush-hour traffic and were driving slowly before stopping at a traffic signal, where Young confronted them.
According to court document, "a driver of a blue vehicle had become upset and yelled, 'Learn to (expletive) drive.' The driver of the blue vehicle pulled up next to Hutson’s vehicle and fired shots from a handgun."
Hutson did not have a weapon and said nothing to the defendant, a witness stated. An individual told police that the person driving a blue vehicle in the video released of the reported shooter was John C. Young.
The girlfriend was shown a photo lineup and identified Young as the shooter, and police found blue paint on the victim’s gold vehicle and damage on the defendant’s vehicle consistent with the paint transfer on the victim’s vehicle.