Guilty plea in 2012 triple homicide in Independence

07/29/2014 2:59 PM

07/29/2014 8:49 PM

A Kansas City, Kan., man pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a home invasion robbery during which three people were killed in Independence.

Raul Soto, 23, admitted in federal court in Kansas City that he and several co-conspirators went to a house in the 1500 block of South Pope Avenue on Nov. 16, 2012, to rob a man who they believed had a large amount of methamphetamine.

They tied up and beat some of the residents, who denied having any drugs or money. Three of the occupants — Maria Hernandez; her boyfriend, Tomas Dominguez-Gregorio; and her son, Antonio Hernandez — were shot and killed. A 12-year-old son of Maria Hernandez was shot and wounded.

Soto admitted in his guilty plea that he was armed with a 9 mm handgun during the incident and killed Antonio Hernandez.

Under terms of the plea agreement, attorneys will recommend a 27-year prison sentence. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18.

Four co-defendants have already pleaded guilty in the case.

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