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Man sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for shooting his ex-girlfriend

Posted at 8:35 PM, Mar 29, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who shot his ex-girlfriend, leaving her paralyzed, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 20 years.

A Clay County jury found Lonnell James guilty of first degree assault, armed criminal action and burglary, according to a news release from the Clay County Prosecutor's office.

“This life sentence ensures that this defendant, who committed senseless acts of violence in Clay County, will never be able to do it again," Clay County prosecutor Zachary Thomas stated in the news release.

The shooting occurred in 2020 while the victim was sitting on her bed with a child she had with James.

Her father told the court at Thursday's sentencing hearing that his daughter still has bullets in her body and she will never walk again, the news release states.

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