The gunman who wounded two shoppers inside Independence Center in 2012 was sentenced this morning to 64 years in prison.
Jackson County Circuit Court Judge James Kanatzar sentenced Eric D. Bratton of Kansas City to 25 years on each of two counts of armed criminal action, and to seven years on each of two counts of assault. He ordered the sentences to run consecutively.
A jury convicted Bratton in January in the double shooting. According to trial testimony, Dilon Yates and Rochelle Moore were walking into the mall when Yates and Bratton got into a confrontation. Afterward, Bratton continued to follow Yates and Moore as they walked away. Bratton pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his waistband and fired three shots, witnesses said. One bullet hit Yates in the leg, and another struck Moore’s foot.
The shooting occurred on a busy Saturday afternoon in January 2012 and sent shoppers and employees running for cover.
Yates and Moore have sued the mall’s operator, Simon Property Group of Indianapolis, claiming the company failed to have adequate security at the mall. That case has been moved to federal court in Kansas City.