Kansas City Man Pleads Guilty to Stray-bullet Case

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A Kansas City man pleads guilty for discharging a gun within the city limits and the accidental shooting that killed an 11-year-old girl.

On July 4, 2011, Bernard Moore and three other men took turns firing a gun into a lake by an apartment complex in the 14000 block of East 43rd Street and Pittman. The incident occurred as one of the bullets strayed across the water and hit 11-year-old, Blair Lane, who was celebrating the holiday in her uncle’s backyard. Police said that Blair collapsed as she and other children were in the backyard setting off fireworks. It was initially called in as a firework accident but police soon discovered it was a shooting.

According to court documents, the men were experimenting with ballistics when Blair Lane was shot.

Bernard Moore, 48, of Kansas City, received two years probation and a suspended sentence of 180 days. Also, Moore must serve 120 hours of community service.

Aaron Sullivan, owner of the 99 mm Glock pistol, was charged on July 14th with felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. Sullivan was sentenced to three years in prison earlier this year. His friends were each charged with a city ordinance violation, but Moore was the only one who showed up for his court dates, said City Prosecutor Lowell Gard. He issued arrest warrants for the other suspects, Marveon Skinner, 37, and Steven Redmond, 45, in February. Prosecutors recently asked police to start actively looking for the two Kansas City men.

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