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Probation violation lands Kyle James, KC mayor’s son, in jail

Updated: 2013-03-26T01:35:20Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

Kyle James, the son of Kansas City Mayor Sly James, was booked into the Johnson County Jail today to begin serving a 30-day sentence for a probation violation.

According to court records, James, 24, is serving probation in a 2009 driving-under-the-influence case. Online records do not indicate the nature of the violation.

Initially, James was granted diversion in the case, but prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his probation in August 2011. That came after Kansas City police ticketed James after a woman claimed he struck her during a disturbance at a Westport-area bar. That case was dismissed after the alleged victim failed to appear in Kansas City Municipal Court.

James’ diversion in Johnson County was revoked in November 2011, and he was placed on probation, according to the records.

Last May, James was charged in Kansas City, Kan., with disorderly conduct for a disturbance at a restaurant. He later was fined in that case. After that incident, prosecutors in Johnson County filed a motion to revoke his probation in the DUI case.

Probation was revoked in December but reinstated that same day. Last Friday, the 30-day jail sanction order was filed. A spokesman for the mayor’s office referred comment to Kyle James’ attorney. But the attorney who represented James on the DUI withdrew from the case in January, court records show, and no current lawyer is noted in the records.

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