Independence man pleads guilty to murder in burglary at Royals fan’s home

Phillip A. Kisner
Phillip A. Kisner

A 44-year-old Independence man has pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder and first-degree assault for his part in a 2015 burglary that ended with an alleged accomplice fatally shot and a homeowner injured.

Phillip A. Kisner pleaded guilty to the charges Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Kisner was one of two men charged in the March 20 incident that left a 16-year-old dead at the home in the 2200 block of Ellison Way in Independence after a resident of the home interrupted an apparent burglary.

Dustin Donlan, then 18, originally faced the same charges as Kisner but pleaded guilty to one count of burglary last year.

The resident, James E. Faseler, was also shot and wounded. Faseler, a Kansas City Royals fan, had gained fame for his “bringing the thunder” dance captured on Kauffman Stadium’s Jumbotron.

According to police, Kisner, Donlan and the other teenager had entered the home and removed a television, stereo equipment and other items.

Donlan allegedly said he saw the homeowner arriving and fled the house. Two gunshots were fired, the statement said. But there were conflicting statements on who fired shots.

The fatally wounded teen was driven to the hospital by his mother, according to a police statement.

The homeowner said he did not have a gun nor were there any he was aware of in his home. Kisner denied having a gun or ammunition in his possession, but he could not explain how the homeowner was shot, the statement said.

Kisner is scheduled to be sentenced July 20.