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Man whose murder conviction was overturned for sleeping juror pleads guilty

Christopher V. Perkins, 51, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the March 2015 shooting of Kelvin B. Paige, 53, near 25th and Campbell streets.
Christopher V. Perkins, 51, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the March 2015 shooting of Kelvin B. Paige, 53, near 25th and Campbell streets.

A Kansas City man whose murder conviction was overturned because of a sleeping juror has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, according to Jackson County prosecutors.

Christopher V. Perkins, 51, pleaded guilty Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court to the manslaughter charge and one count of armed criminal action. Prosecutors said Perkins faces up to 20 years in prison for the March 2015 fatal shooting of Kelvin B. Paige, 53, near 25th and Campbell streets.

In an October trial, Perkins had been convicted of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. But a judge ordered a new trial, in part because it was reported that a juror had been seen sleeping while Perkins was testifying in his own defense.

As part of a plea agreement, the state dismissed the charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

Perkins is scheduled to be sentenced July 14.

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