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KC man gets 30 years for murder of male prostitute posing as a woman

  • Published Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at 4:28 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at 10:44 p.m.

A Jackson County judge sentenced a Kansas City man to 30 years in prison Thursday for killing a male prostitute who was posing as a woman.

Kenyan L. Jones, 27, admitted to police that he paid to have sexual relations with Darnell Pearson on Christmas Eve 2011, believing that he was a woman. When he learned otherwise several hours later, Jones told police, he obtained a handgun and chased Pearson to the entry of an apartment building in the 1000 block of East 43rd Street.

There, Jones said, he “popped him.”

A witness told police that she heard several shots and saw a man wearing a hoodie-style shirt running away and the victim lying in front of the apartment. Officers soon arrested Jones on East 43rd Street and, nearby, recovered a handgun and hooded jacket and a cell phone containing video of Jones.

|Mark Morris, mmorris@kcstar.com

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