Killer deals: Jackson leads all counties in probation for second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter

08/02/2014 6:47 PM

08/04/2014 10:05 PM

Jackson County gave twice as many probation sentences for voluntary manslaughter as all of Missouri’s other circuits combined. The county also is generous in giving probation to those convicted of second-degree murder. Kenneth Bledsoe’s son David was killed in a robbery at the family’s rental shop. The getaway driver got probation after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and robbery, and the Bledsoes worry because he is still on the streets.

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