A 33-year-old man who was previously convicted in the shooting death of another man whose body was later found in rural Cass County was sentenced Friday to life in a Missouri prison.
James Rhymer of Kansas City was found guilty during a jury trial in April of second-degree murder for the December 2014 slaying of David Mendez. Rhymer also was convicted of first-degree assault and kidnapping.
Mendez, 45, of Independence was shot while inside a pickup sitting at a stop sign at 12th Street and Ewing Avenue.
His body and a burned vehicle were found in a field south of Harrisonville. Police later took Rhymer into custody after he barricaded himself in his Kansas City apartment.
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A witness told police that he saw the shooting, according to court documents. Another witness later led police to the area where Mendez was found.
On Friday, Rhymer also was sentenced to 15 years in prison for three counts of armed criminal action. The sentences are set to run concurrently.
Rhymer had been charged with murder in the 2012 killing of another man, but prosecutors later dismissed those charges.