Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Appeals Panel: Court's Ruling Correct in Drive-By Shooting ; Defendant Was 17 When Firing Fatal Shots

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Appeals Panel: Court's Ruling Correct in Drive-By Shooting ; Defendant Was 17 When Firing Fatal Shots

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A Shawnee County District Court was correct in deciding that William Kevon Elmore, Jr., should have been tried as an adult for the April 2010 drive-by shooting death of Forrest "Duke" Sanders, a Kansas Court of Appeals panel has ruled.

As part of a plea arrangement, Elmore pleaded guilty in May 2011 to a charge of reckless second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 11 1/2 years in prison.

Elmore was 17 when he was accused of firing the shots that killed Sanders as the 22-year-old victim stood talking to others outside a home in the 2000 block of S.E. Massachusetts. Sanders reportedly had been talking about problems he had been having with Kenneth Dugan III, the driver of the car from which Elmore fired on Sanders from the passenger seat.

Elmore initially was charged with first-degree murder and three counts of firing into an occupied dwelling before pleading to a lesser charge. …

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