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Man found guilty in deadly 2017 grocery store shooting, acquitted in father’s killing

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 13:03:09-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man was found guilty of second-degree murder in the deadly 2017 shooting of a grocery store clerk, but a Jackson County jury acquitted him of another murder charge in the death of his father.

Reginald Jones Jr., 20, was convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the Dec. 7, 2017, shooting death of 57-year-old Darryl Singleton, which happened at LP's Grocery in Kansas City, Missouri.

The jury also acquitted Jones of killing his father, 36-year-old Reginald Jones Sr., during the same incident.

According to court records, when officers arrived at LP's Grocery, they found two shooting victims lying on the sidewalk and 12 spent shell casings. A relative of the Jones' said the men were arguing, and a witness said they heard the argument. Surveillance video showed the younger Jones shooting at his father outside the store.

Jones Jr. then fired at Singleton, who was a grocery store employee on a smoking break.

The jury recommended Jones Jr. be sentenced to up to 33 years in prison, which includes 20 years for second-degree murder and 13 for armed criminal action.

His sentencing date has not been announced.