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KC man sentenced to prison for shooting that injured pregnant woman

Devante L. Williams was sentenced to two years in prison for a shooting that injured a pregnant woman in November.
Devante L. Williams was sentenced to two years in prison for a shooting that injured a pregnant woman in November.

A 22-year-old Kansas City man has been sentenced to two years in prison for a shooting that injured a pregnant woman in her groin area last year.

Devante L. Williams pleaded guilty Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court to one count of second-degree assault.

Williams was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation.

The charges stemmed from a Nov. 12 incident at a home in the 3400 block of Harrison Street, where police responded to a reported shooting and found the woman with a gunshot wound. Investigators determined the woman was shot in the groin area.

The woman survived the shooting. Police said the fetus was not harmed.

Witnesses called the shooting an accident, but police investigated the possibility that the shooting happened during a physical altercation.

According to court records, the woman told police Williams accidentally shot her with a handgun. She said she saw the magazine from the gun lying on the floor and assumed it wasn’t loaded.

Williams told police he kept the gun under a pillow he used while sleeping on the floor. He said the shooting happened when someone moved the pillow; Williams tried to move the gun back under the pillow, and it went off.

After the shooting, Williams left the home and threw the gun in some bushes before returning and being taken into custody by police.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Williams with assault and armed criminal action, but later dropped the second charge.

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