A Pleasant Hill man, still facing another murder charge, will spend 34 years in state prison for fatally shooting a woman and injuring another person in Independence while out on bond from the first case.
Michael Dumas, 28, was sentenced Friday by Jackson County Circuit Judge Marco Roldan. In November, a jury convicted Dumas of second-degree murder, third-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action in the shooting death of Sarah Simms in November 2018.
The jury recommended up to 34 years in prison. Roldan sentenced Dumas to 20 years for murder, three years for assault and eight and three years, respectively, for the armed criminal action charges – all to run consecutively.
Dumas also awaits trial Aug. 20 for the September 2017 death of 18-year-old Phillip Anderson of Kansas City in a shooting on Interstate 70 in Independence. Before the Simms killing and Dumas' capture shortly thereafter, that trial had been scheduled for earlier in 2019, and Simms had been scheduled to be a witness.
Dumas had been charged with first-degree murder and second-degree assault in the Simms case.
According to court documents, police were called shortly after 5:30 a.m. on a Sunday to a home at Sterling Avenue and 39th Street. One of the shooting victims, a man, was slightly wounded below the arm and refused medical treatment, according to court documents.
Simms had been shot in the head with a shotgun. She died at a hospital. Police described her as a “key cooperating witness” in the 2017 case.
The injured victim said he was awake about 2:30 a.m. and heard Simms arguing with a man he assumed was Dumas in Simms’ bedroom. About three hours later he saw Dumas leaving, holding something in his hand, and said “Hey.”
Dumas turned around holding a butane torch, then held up a sawed-off shotgun. The man said he and Simms both were holding up empty hands when Dumas shot Simms, then fled.
Police noticed Dumas' vehicle still parked behind the home, with a shotgun shell box and shells inside. A similar spent shell was found inside the home.
In the September 2017 case, Anderson was a passenger in a car driving onto Interstate 70 from Noland Road and shot by the driver of another vehicle – identified as Dumas.
At a gas station just to the north at Noland and 39th Street, Dumas had apparently been “mean-mugging” people in the car Anderson was in. Another person in that car, Donavan James of Kansas City, admitted that he fired several rounds at Dumas’ car as Dumas prepared to turn east onto I-70 and the driver of Anderson and James' car prepared to turn west. Dumas then chased that car, quickly pulled up on the right and fired shots into the car. Police found Anderson after his friends pulled into the QuikTrip at U.S. 40 and Sterling Avenue.
Dumas is charged with second-degree murder in the first case.