Rap artist is sentenced to 106 months in shooting death of brother-in-law

A Kansas City, Kan., man was sentenced Friday to 106 months in prison for his role in the shooting death of his brother-in-law, a rap artist known as Creepyface.

Daniel Barlett, 30, declined to speak at the sentencing hearing Friday in Wyandotte County District Court. Barlett pleaded guilty in April to voluntary manslaughter.

Authorities said the shooting death of 37-year-old Chad Ford stemmed from an ongoing feud among relatives who previously had been bandmates. Ford was killed Sept. 24, 2012, in a rolling gunbattle between two vehicles near 47th Street and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.

In March, a jury convicted Barlett of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle, but jurors deadlocked on a first-degree murder charge.

Co-defendant Michael A. McKeehan, 27, who is Barlett’s cousin, pleaded guilty Jan. 31 to second-degree murder, criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle and two counts of aggravated assault. Authorities said McKeehan fired the fatal shot. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

On Friday, District Judge Michael Russell sentenced Barlett to 59 months on the manslaughter conviction and 47 months on the firearm conviction. Russell ordered the sentences to run consecutively. He said the incident fractured the two families and there was little or nothing that could be done to bring them back together.

“Emotions are running high here,” Russell said before announcing the sentence.

Ford and Barlett, who rapped under the name Devil Boy, were former bandmates. Ford had left that band, and the two were feuding before Ford died.

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