Teen gets 30 years for murder, robbery of developmentally disabled man

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An 18-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder and armed criminal action after he shot a 38-year-old developmentally disabled man, Timothy Riley, to death while trying to rob him on an east-side street just over a year ago.

Judge John Torrence on Thursday sentenced Landrain D. Miller to 20 years for murder and 10 years for armed criminal action, with the sentences to run consecutively.

"He murdered my son and that's not going to bring my son back. I don't agree on 30 years, he should have get life," Wilma Winters, Riley's mother said after the sentencing.

Authorities said Miller, then 17, approached Timothy Riley near 41st Street and South Benton Avenue on the afternoon of Sept. 26, 2012, with the intent to rob him.

According to court records, Miller later told a witness he had robbed someone on South Benton Avenue that day. When the victim fought back, Miller told the witness, he shot the man.

Witnesses at the scene that day described the encounter between the two men in much the same way.

Police said that a gun later purchased from Miller was determined to be the weapon that fired the shot that killed Riley. 

"He's my first born, there are days I toss and turn. I can't sleep. I will never forget about Tim, it hurts me a lot," Winters said.

Miller was arrested and charged with Riley's murder on Dec. 7, 2012. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 7.

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