Crime

Jury recommends 32 years in prison for teen convicted in killing during gun sale

Fazon K. Swinton, of Kansas City, was convicted in the 2016 fatal shooting of Jacob A. Brantner. A Jackson County jury recommended a sentence of 32 years.
Fazon K. Swinton, of Kansas City, was convicted in the 2016 fatal shooting of Jacob A. Brantner. A Jackson County jury recommended a sentence of 32 years.

A Jackson County jury on Monday recommended a prison sentence of 32 years for a 19-year-old convicted in the 2016 shooting of a Lee’s Summit father who had been trying to sell a gun in the parking lot of an east Kansas City shopping center.

Fazon K. Swinton, of Kansas City, was convicted Friday of second-degree murder, attempted robbery, armed criminal action and leaving the scene in the killing of Jacob A. Brantner.

A Jackson County judge is scheduled to sentence Swinton on Aug. 4.

Brantner, 39, was fatally shot on April 3, 2016 in the 8700 block of East 63rd Street. Swinton had made arrangements to buy a handgun from Brantner, then tried to steal it instead, prosecutors said.

The two wrestled over the gun before Swinton grabbed it and ran away. Both Brantner and Swinton then pulled guns and shot at each other. Brantner died from gunshot wounds. Swinton also was shot and injured.

The jury recommended sentences of 20 years for the second-degree murder count, four years for armed criminal action, seven years for attempted robbery and one year for leaving the scene.

Jackson County prosecutors also filed charges against a 22-year-old woman accused of assisting Swinton.

Rahnesha A. Carson, of Kansas City, faces charges of accessory to robbery, hindering the prosecution of a felony, leaving the scene of a shooting and tampering with evidence. Carson is scheduled to face trial Oct. 2.

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