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Kansas City North man receives 45-year sentence for murdering son

Posted at 4:25 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 17:25:48-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man in Kansas City North was sentenced to 45 years in prison Thursday for stabbing his son to death, the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

Kevin D. Leslie, 56, was found guilty April 11 after a four-day jury trial.

Leslie and his son, 27-year-old Joseph D. Leslie, got into an argument at a residence in the 4200 block of North Bellefontaine Avenue in February 2017.

Police responding to the disturbance found Joseph Leslie dead at the scene.

"No murder makes sense, and this makes less than most," Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White said in a statement. "When authorities arrived in response to a call for medical aid, Kevin D. Leslie made several spontaneous assertions he had stabbed the younger man to death and that his son started to 'look goofy' after being cut."

A Clay County judge accepted the juror's punishment of 30 years for second-degree murder and 15 years for armed criminal action in imposing the 45-year sentence.