Crime & Courts

Missouri murders bring four life terms

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Gevante Anderson, convicted in the killings of four people, including two young brothers, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

A Jackson County circuit judge Friday levied the only sentence at his disposal for first-degree murder in Missouri: four life terms with no chance of parole to run consecutively.

Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Five convictions on armed criminal action resulted in five more life sentences. One count of burglary earned 15 years more.

The killings occurred early morning on March 16, 2009, in a Raytown apartment.

The victims were Amir Clemons, 10; Gerard Clemons Jr., 7; their aunt, Precious Triplett, 21; and her boyfriend, Andre Jones Sr., 33.

Prosecutors say Anderson, 26, who was Triplett's former boyfriend, went to her apartment and murdered the four in a rage.

The father of the Clemons brothers discovered the killings.

Gerard had been stabbed 131 times, including defensive wounds. Amir Clemons had been shot and stabbed more than 40 times.

The boys, who had spent the night with their aunt because they were on spring break, were found next to each other on a ransacked bedroom floor.

The jury needed only 90 minutes to convict Anderson on all counts in March.