A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday ordered a new sentencing hearing for a Kansas City man serving two consecutive life terms for a 2009 double murder.
Eria L. Doss, 21, was convicted in 2011 in the killings of Andrew Eli, 23, and Justin Budreau, 24, in an apartment at 59th Street and Tracy Avenue.
In its opinion, the Western District Missouri Court of Appeals found that Doss’ trial judge improperly admitted portions of his juvenile record into the sentencing phase of his trial.
The appeals court noted that the juvenile records could have had an impact on the jury, which asked to review the records during its deliberations. Jurors recommended a sentence of four consecutive life terms plus 200 years of imprisonment.
The judge modified that recommendation, essentially cutting the total in half.
Co-defendants Michael Gunn, 22, and Larry Marshall, 24, each are serving sentences of 50 and 16 years.
Appeals judges also threw out one of Doss’ robbery convictions, finding that prosecutors had not proved that anyone had taken a wallet from the apartment.
Eli and Budreau were asleep in the apartment when intruders burst in, robbed them and shot each in the back of the head. Budreau, a friend of Eli from their days at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, was visiting from out of town.