KC man is sentenced for 1997 robbery solved through DNA

A Jackson County judge on Friday sentenced a 43-year-old man to 25 years in prison for a 1997 robbery in which a woman also said she was raped.

Prosecutors charged Jeffrey C. Ford of Kansas City in March 2012 with robbing a 54-year-old high school guidance counselor to whom he had given a ride after her car broke down near 55th Street and Troost Avenue.

The woman told police that he had robbed and raped her. In 2011, authorities matched Ford’s DNA to the incident, but they were able to charge him with only the robbery. A loophole in the law prevented authorities from charging him with rape.

Missouri lawmakers caused the loophole when they rewrote the sex crimes chapter of state law in the mid 1990s. The changes inadvertently applied a three-year statute of limitations to rapes committed between January 1995 and March 1999.

Lawmakers corrected the oversight in 2002.