A 32-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 2016 shooting death of a woman at an apartment in Kansas City and attacks on children in the home.
Derrick A. Williams pleaded guilty Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court to second-degree murder, two counts of assault and three counts of armed criminal action.
Williams was convicted of killing 32-year-old Denise Gayle of Kansas City at an apartment in the 2500 block of Independence Avenue on July 28.
As part of a plea agreement, Williams was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison.
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According to court records, Kansas City police were called to the apartment shortly after 5 a.m. after a neighbor reported hearing eight or nine gunshots and the sound of screams.
The arriving officers encountered in front of the apartment building a naked and visibly upset Williams, who told officers about the dead woman inside the home.
“If you go upstairs, there’s a dead (expletive) up in there and I blew her (expletive) brains out,” the man told police, according to a police report.
Police believed Williams was under the influence of drugs. Officers found a handgun near the building.
Inside the apartment, officers found the woman’s body in a bathroom and three small children hiding under a blanket.
One of the children told police, “He killed my mom.”
One child said Williams hit him with a gun and another witness told police that Williams also put the gun to the head of another child.