The third defendant in the October 2017 murder of William Domann in Independence has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.


Onelio Garcia, 34, of Kansas City, Kansas pleaded guilty in July 2019 to second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. Circuit Judge Jennifer Phillips sentenced Garcia last week to 15 years for murder, 12 years for burglary and 10 years each for all other counts – all running concurrently.


Co-defendant Xavier Otero had been scheduled to go trial earlier in February but pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to the same counts as Garcia and received a 25-year sentence from Circuit Judge James Kanatzar. A third co-defendant, Nathan Hendricks, was convicted by a jury in August 2019 and later sentenced to 20 years in prison. Garcia testified for the state in Hendricks' trial.


On Oct. 30, 2017, police were sent to Domann's house on 43rd Street east of Crysler Avenue after a friend called to say Domann's door had been kicked in and Domann was not responding to verbal calls. According to court documents, officers found Domann in the bedroom, dead with gunshots to the head and arm. Zip ties and a smartphone were near his hands.


Outside, a blood trail ran from the front porch around to the backyard and through the woods behind Domann's house to an office parking lot. Inside the house, a trail of blood apparently not from Domann ran from a bedroom to the front door. A DNA test showed blood samples from the kitchen, front porch and sidewalk all matched Otero. Video from the area showed Otero limping.


According to court documents, Otero told police he and Garcia forced open Domann's front door, began to wrestle with Domann and at some point, Otero said, a gun went off and his leg “felt hot.” He then heard multiple shots, tried to get out of the house through a back sliding door but couldn't get it open, then ran out the front door and through the woods to the parking lot, where Hendricks and Garcia picked him up.


Otero told police he never shot his gun and that Garcia had his own gun. He said Garcia and Hendricks set up the crime and he only went along because he expected to get $10,000 out of it.


MICHAEL LORA: Lora, 22, of Blue Springs, charged in connection with the September 2018 shooting death of 21-year-old Mary Schmitz in a southern Independence apartment complex will plead guilty, according to court records.


Lora had been scheduled to go on trial Feb. 3, but a plea hearing has now been set for Sept. 24. He is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. Co-defendant David Harris, 20, of Oak Grove, faces the same charges and is scheduled to go trial Sept. 21.