A Jackson County judge sentenced a Kansas City man to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Edward Ewing and the shooting of a woman in a 2011 home invasion.
Victor D. Vickers, 31, was also sentenced to 30 years in prison on convictions for first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action.
A Jackson County jury convicted Vickers in May.
A co-defendant in the case, Garron Briggs, 30, was convicted in March and sentenced to life in prison.
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According to court records, Vickers, Briggs and another person forced the woman to unlock the door to a home in the 7000 block of East 85th Terrace in the early morning hours of Aug. 16, 2011. They forced the woman to lie on the floor and they searched the house, asking to locate the “stuff.”
Courts records indicate that Briggs shot the woman, who lay still and listened to the men as they continued to search the residence. She heard gunshots from the bedroom where Ewing had been asleep.
After Briggs, Vickers and a third man fled, the woman called 911 on her cellphone and crawled to the bedroom of her infant daughter, where she found Ewing’s lifeless body against a wall. He had been shot seven times.