Now 45, Alvis J. Williams of Kansas City is serving what many veteran lawyers in Jackson County say is an unprecedented sentence for crimes not involving an act of violence. While the lengthy sentence is bad enough for Williams, there is another factor in his case that he says is even more painful. He says he is innocent.
A 33-year-old man was charged with aggravated burglary and rape in an assault at the Kansas City, Kan., apartments. Adalberto Mata-Beras is not in custody. Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the Hispanic man, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous.
A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of three men prosecuted for the 2008 explosion and arson fire that destroyed Kansas City’s Hereford House restaurant. Rodney J. Anderson, a part owner of the restaurant at 2 E. 20th St., Vincent Pisciotta and Mark A. Sorrentino were convicted in federal court.
The Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation held its 10th annual benefit fashion show featuring 16 local boutiques and designers on Friday evening at the Kansas City Convention Center with guest host Mario Lopez.
Eric Lee Bederson, 37, pleaded guilty last August to two counts of distributing child pornography after being caught by a Kansas City-based undercover agent who received six of his emails containing more than 160 images. Bederson sent the images hoping to get others in return, authorities said.
It was the third time Casey M. Widman has been convicted of bank robbery, the 15th felony conviction and the seventh violent-crime conviction. He also has 77 misdemeanor convictions, according to federal authorities.
Recently released court documents describe the Overland Park police investigation that resulted in the seizure of truckloads of allegedly stolen clothing and other items from the home of Kelli Jo Bauer. Officers still are working to catalog all the items taken from Bauer’s home two weeks ago.
Jackson County prosecutors charged James N. Rhymer, 31, with three counts of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault in the August incident, which left a man and woman hospitalized. Rhymer is jailed awaiting trial in the November killing of a man whose body was dumped in rural Cass County.
Sean Andrew Dow of Overland Park is charged in Johnson County District Court with two felony counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Both students are younger than 14, according to the charges. The incidents reportedly occurred at Funky Munky Music, 12710 Shawnee Mission Parkway, where Dow taught music lessons.
A Missouri inmate was executed Tuesday night for killing a man in a fit of rage over child support payments 16 years ago. Andre Cole, 52, became the third convicted killer put to death this year in Missouri. His fate was sealed after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down several appeals, including one claiming Cole was mentally ill and unfit for execution.