Man pleads guilty in death of accomplice in home invasion

A Kansas City man on Monday pleaded guilty to a murder that occurred when his accomplice in a home invasion robbery attempt was shot to death by the homeowner.

Dominique D. Richardson, 21, pleaded guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to charges of second-degree murder and first-degree burglary in connection with the crime last April that left 17-year-old Trevor Garms dead.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Richardson under Missouri’s felony murder law, which holds participants in dangerous felonies responsible if someone is killed during the crime.

According to court documents, Richardson and Garms went to a house in the 5800 block of Garfield Avenue on April 9 with the intention of stealing a video game console and a big-screen television.

The woman who lived there told police that when she answered a knock at her door, she was forced back inside at gunpoint. Garms was allegedly holding a gun and stayed with her while Richardson began looking for the items they intended to steal.

When Garms turned away to say something to his accomplice, the woman reached into an open closet and grabbed her own handgun. Afraid that she was going to be shot, the woman shot Garms. She said she shot him a second time when he started coming toward her. He dropped his weapon after the second shot, but when he picked it up, the woman shot him a third time, according to court documents. Garms staggered away and collapsed outside.

Richardson fled but was arrested and charged several weeks later.

Police later discovered that the weapon left behind by the criminals was a BB gun replica of a semiautomatic handgun.

Sentencing for Richardson is scheduled for Feb. 1.