A 54-year-old Kansas City man, for the second time in his life, will go to prison for stabbing a man to death after an argument.
Brian K. Morrow pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action while facing trial in the stabbing death last summer of Isaiah N. Jones, 20, of Kansas City.
Morrow stabbed Jones during an argument on the way to a movie, according to court records, and Jones died at the scene. Morrow was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Morrow had previously spent 11 years in prison for stabbing another man to death during an argument in 1998. He was released on parole in 2011.
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According to court records, the Jones killing occurred about 9:30 p.m. July 29, when Morrow and Jones were driving to a drive-in movie. Along the way, they began to argue the legal question of when police could detain a person.
Jones asked Morrow to drop him off near 30th Terrace and College Avenue. After Jones got out of the vehicle, the two continued to argue and then fought. Morrow stabbed Jones and then drove away while a witness tried to help the fatally injured Jones.
The 1998 murder similarly began with what should have been a happy outing: a family barbecue.
After a dispute broke out at an Aug. 16, 1998, gathering in Case Park, 700 W. 10th Street, Morrow stabbed to death Miklos Taylor, 25.
A jury convicted Morrow of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with more than a year of credit for jail time served, and was released after serving about 11 years and six months.
He remained on post-release supervision until October 2013.