Crime rate in Overland Park, Kansas (KS): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map
According to our research of Kansas and other state lists, there were 123 registered sex offenders living in Overland Park, Kansas as of October 17, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Overland Park is 1,536 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.
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Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 310 (246 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.26|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 295 (237 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.22|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 311 (251 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.31|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 298 (243 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.29|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 295 (247 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.32|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 300 (245 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.34|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 293 (247 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.37|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 287 (240 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.38|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 304 (251 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.45|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 308 (257 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.49|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 305 (252 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.49|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 294 (240 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.61|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 295 (245 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.64|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 270 (223 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.50|
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 257 (210 officers).
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||1.41|
Zip codes:66083, 66085, 66207, 66212, 66213, 66221, 66223.
Feds open civil rights investigation into Kansas teen killed by police during wellness check
Federal authorities have opened a civil rights investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Kansas teenager who was backing out of the family's garage when an officer — responding to a call for a wellness check — fired 13 times.
The FBI will "collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner," a spokeswoman told NBC News in a statement Thursday. The agency's Kansas City, Missouri, field office is working with the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas and the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.
The FBI did not comment further about the reason for and focus of the review, citing the ongoing investigation.
The killing of John Albers, 17, in January 2018 brought the national outcry over police use of excessive force to the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park.
After his death, Albers' family sought answers for what led to the shooting and even for the name of the officer who killed him, which they quickly learned was a struggle because of the state's restrictive public records laws, including for police documents.
A month after the shooting of Albers, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced an official investigation determined the officer, who said he feared for his life, was justified in his actions. At the time, Howe and Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez said the officer resigned from the police force before administrative action could be taken.
The name of the officer, Clayton Jenison, was only confirmed publicly by officials after an attorney for the Albers family uncovered it for a civil lawsuit filed in April 2018 against the officer and the police department.
Albers' mother, Sheila Albers, said she welcomes the FBI and U.S. attorney's office investigation, and hopes it will "shed light on what Overland Park and our DA have been able to keep hidden."
The opening of an investigation "highlights the failure of Overland Park and District Attorney Steve Howe to be transparent in their investigations and be accountable to their constituents," she added.
Sean Reilly, a spokesman for the city of Overland Park, said officials will "fully cooperate ... just as we cooperated with the investigations conducted by the Johnson County District Attorney's office and the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards."
Overland Park police did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and the Johnson County District Attorney's Office declined to comment.
On the night Albers was killed, his family had gone out to dinner. Police were called to the home for a wellness check after a friend was concerned that Albers may have been intoxicated and feeling suicidal and had threatened to stab himself with a knife, according to Sheila Albers and the federal complaint filed by the family.
Dashcam videos and a neighbor's security camera showed Jenison and another officer arriving at the home. They first spoke for a few minutes outside and did not knock on the front door or identify themselves. Eventually, the family's garage door swung open, and Jenison unholstered his weapon and moved toward the door as the minivan, which Albers was driving, was about to reverse out.
It was then, as the minivan backed out slowly and in a straight line, that Jenison reacted, aiming his weapon and yelling, "Stop, stop, stop." In a second, Jenison, who was standing to the right of the van, fired twice toward Albers; the family's complaint contended that one or both of the bullets struck the teenager, "incapacitating him and rendering him unable to control the minivan."
The car stopped but then speeded up in reverse, making a U-turn in the driveway and backing up. Jenison fired 11 more shots, and the minivan pulled forward, past another police car that had just approached, and coasted in neutral into the driveway of a home across the street.
A toxicology report indicated that Albers had not been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Howe, in announcing his decision not to charge the officer in 2018, said "these are fluid and instantaneous decisions that a law enforcement officer must make, which makes the job so difficult."
The family ended up settling with Overland Park in 2019 for $2.3 million, The Washington Post reported, although the city did not admit liability and said it settled to avoid the cost and length of the litigation.
But Sheila Albers has long questioned the police narrative that Jenison had no choice but to draw his weapon because he was in immediate danger.
In June, city officials confirmed that Jenison received $70,000 as part of a severance package when he agreed to resign, an amount paid despite the fact the prosecutor's office cleared him of wrongdoing.
The city said the agreement was "in the best interest of the community" and could prevent Jenison from potentially fighting for reinstatement to the force because there was "no just cause to terminate" him and avoid a costly lawsuit. Officials also said Chief Donchez never communicated with Jenison about the agreement nor encouraged him to enter into it.
Efforts to reach Jenison were unsuccessful Thursday.
Sheila Albers said she's hoping for more transparency out of the federal investigation after officials "disseminated a false narrative, cleared the officer of wrongdoing in record time and structured a severance payout to the officer that killed John."
Erik Ortiz is a staff writer for NBC News focusing on racial injustice and social inequality.
Man Kills 3 at Jewish Centers in Kansas City Suburb
A man opened fire outside a Jewish Community Center and a nearby retirement community in a suburb of Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday afternoon, killing three people before he was taken into custody.
The man was identified as Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Mo., in Johnson County booking records. He was charged with first-degree murder and was scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.
The suspect, 73, is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of anti-Semitism and racism, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization that tracks hate groups. It identified him as Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, commonly known as Glenn Miller, and said he was the founder and grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
The shootings took place in Overland Park, Kan., a major suburb located just across the state line from Kansas City, Mo. Overland Park is the second-biggest city in Kansas and has a population of about 170,000.
A doctor and his 14-year-old grandson were killed in the parking lot at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and a woman was killed a short time later in a parking lot at Village Shalom, a senior living community about a mile away, the police said.
Mr. Miller was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon at a local elementary school near Village Shalom, the police said. In video taken by KMBC, a local television station, the suspect yelled “Heil Hitler!” while sitting in a police car.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said it sued Mr. Miller in the 1980s for intimidating African-Americans, and he has had several run-ins with the law since then. He served six months in prison after he was held in criminal contempt for violating the terms of the court order that settled that lawsuit. He also served three years in federal prison for weapons charges and for plotting robberies and the assassination of the center’s founder, Morris Dees. As part of his plea bargain, he testified against other Klan leaders in a 1988 trial.
The police said it was too early in the investigation to determine whether the attacks were a hate crime.
Mr. Miller made several unsuccessful runs for public office, including a bid for the Senate in 2010. He kept a website where he espoused views of white supremacy and eschewed racial mixing. He was a fan of David Duke, a white nationalist and a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and Louis Farrakhan, the former leader of the Nation of Islam who blamed Jews for slavery in America.
In a 2010 interview with Howard Stern, the radio shock jock, who is Jewish, Mr. Miller was asked who he hated more, Jews or African-Americans. Mr. Miller answered “Jews. A thousand times more. Compared to our Jewish problem, all other problems are mere distractions.”
Prodded to explain, he said Jews controlled the federal government, mass media and the Federal Reserve Bank. “And with those powers, they’re committing genocide against the white race,” he said.
In the same interview, Mr. Miller said he had “a great deal of respect for Muslim people” and called Adolf Hitler “the greatest man who ever walked the earth.”
Heidi Beirich, the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said she spoke with Mr. Miller’s wife, Marge, on Sunday and Ms. Miller said that the police told her that her husband had been arrested as the gunman.
Ms. Miller, who has no apparent ties to the white supremacist community, according to Ms. Beirich, told her that she last saw her husband at about 3 p.m. on Saturday, when he left to go to a casino. He called her at about 10:30 on Sunday morning to say that his winnings were up, Ms. Beirich said, and that was the last Ms. Miller heard of him. At a news conference several hours after the shootings, the Overland Park police chief, John Douglass, said that the suspect was not a local resident and was not known to the Police Department before Sunday’s attacks.
“Today is a very sad and tragic day,” Chief Douglass said. “There are no words to express the senselessness of what happened this afternoon.”
When asked at a news conference whether Mr. Miller had yelled “Heil Hitler!” as he was arrested, Chief Douglass said it was too early to discuss what the suspect did or did not say.
Two of the victims were identified on Sunday night as Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood. Reat was a freshman at Blue Valley High School and an Eagle Scout, according to a statement from their family. Dr. Corporon was a “well-loved physician in the Johnson County community,” and he and his wife had been married for almost 50 years. Both victims were members of the nearby United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
President Obama released a statement on Sunday evening, saying he offered his thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims.
“I have asked my team to stay in close touch with our federal, state and local partners and provide the necessary resources to support the ongoing investigation,” he said. “While we do not know all of the details surrounding today’s shooting, the initial reports are heartbreaking.”
The Anti-Defamation League called the attacks a “cowardly, unspeakable and heinous act of violence.”
“While it is too early to label these shootings as a hate crime, the fact that two Jewish institutions were targeted by the same individual just prior to the start of the Passover holiday is deeply troubling and certainly gives us pause,” Karen Aroesty, the group’s St. Louis regional director, said in a statement.
The attacks came during an unusually busy day at the Jewish Community Center, because first-round auditions were planned for the afternoon for a singing competition called KC SuperStar. When the shooting was reported around 1 p.m., more than 100 people fled into a hall inside the center, where they were held for about an hour and a half.
A high school student, Sophia Porter, arrived at the center for her singing audition only five minutes after the shooting. Sophia, 17, said she saw police cars arriving before she was ushered into the lockdown area with dozens of adults and children.
“I was definitely shellshocked when I heard what had happened,” she said. “It was horrifying to think of the person who would be responsible for that.”
The Jewish Community Center is the main hub for about 20,000 Jewish people living in the Kansas City metropolitan area, said Herbert Mandl, a retired rabbi and a local police chaplain.
“It’s a very trying time for the community,” he said. “We’ll pull together. We’ll survive.”
The attacks started at a parking lot in the back of the sprawling community center near a theater, the police said. The suspect fired several shots and left. Several minutes later, an emergency call came from the retirement community reporting shots fired.
Images from local television stations showed a heavyset, bearded man wearing glasses being led away in handcuffs by police officers.
Mr. Mandl said he thought it was “suspicious” that both of the targets were places used mostly by the Jewish community, but said he understood that officials were being cautious in determining a motive.
Village Shalom representatives said Sunday evening that they had few details about what had happened. The retirement community was established in 1912 by a benevolent society of Orthodox Jews in Kansas City, according to their website. The campus has a cafe with kosher food, a dental clinic, a day spa and a library.
At the Jewish Community Center, the back doors had substantial damage from gunfire, the police said. The center released a statement on Sunday evening saying it would be closed on Monday.
“Our hearts go out to the families who have suffered loss on this tragic day,” the statement read. “Our heartfelt gratitude as well to all those in Kansas City and around the world who have expressed sympathy, concern and support.”
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Two Years After Police Killed Her Teen, This Overland Park Mom's Fight For Reform Isn't Over
It had not been a good day for John Albers. The 17-year-old Overland Park teen had ADHD, and occasionally went through extreme ups and downs. It was January 20, 2018, and he told his parents he didn’t want to go out to dinner with the family that night.
“So we left the house and John obviously went to a really dark place very, very quickly,” his mom, Sheila Albers, said.
“He did what I think a lot of teenagers do. He reached out on social media, and I think it was a cry for help."
His friends called 911. Albers still believes that was the right thing to do, even after what happened next — something she never could have imagined.
“We left the house at about 5:10 and John was dead by 5:50,” she said.
Within minutes of arriving, Officer Clayton Jenison shot the teen 13 times as he was backing out of the garage.
“If you were there to prevent a suicide, why would you draw your gun?” Albers said.
It’s been almost two years since that night. A lot has changed for the Overland Park Police Department since then. But for Albers, it’s not enough — even after she and her family reached a $2.3 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.
“The settlement does nothing to change the process or protect the public. It's not a win. It's a way to make us go away,” she said.
It’s not over
Since January 2018, the Overland Park Police Department has implemented body cameras for every uniformed officer and added a second full-time co-responder — a certified mental health professional on hand to respond to crisis calls with officers as needed.
Though Police Chief Frank Donchez declined to comment, city spokesperson Meg Ralph told KCUR mental health has always been a priority for the police department.
Johnson County Police Academy Director Ken Sissom, who has an extensive background serving for law enforcement agencies in Kansas, said Johnson County is leading the way when it comes to mental health awareness and services at police departments.
“With the police, with (Johnson County Mental Health Center), with co-responders, we have systems in place that put us in the top four or five areas in the United States. So, we’re as prepared as we can be,” Sissom said.
Last fall, Albers helped form an advocacy group called JOCO United to call for more transparency between Johnson County police and the communities they serve, and better mental health services.
So far, the Overland Park Police Department has been pretty responsive to their demands. It added a web page on mental health services, and the Johnson County Police Academy nearly doubled mental health and de-escalation training hours for recruits.
Another demand was increased crisis intervention training. Right now just half of the nearly 250 officers are trained. According to Officer Justin Shepherd, police are always dealing with mental health issues.
“Every single day, every single shift,” he said.
Shepherd runs the crisis intervention or CIT program.
“It'd be great if we could make sure that those CIT officers would be the ones responding to every single call related to it, but it's not necessarily the case,” he said.
The training isn’t required, and it will remain that way. But, he said the entire department took 8 hours of mental health first aid training for five days straight in February 2018, just a few weeks after an officer shot and killed John Albers during a welfare check.
Shepherd declined to comment on Albers’ death. But, he said, in general, there’s no question that CIT training helps officers respond properly.
“The greatest misstep would just be not being able to identify the potential to help in that incident,” Shepherd said.
Up for debate
There’s one demand that’s still up for debate, one that Donchez has declined to comment on — a public safety community advisory board. It wouldn’t govern the police, but it would make recommendations and gain insight into policing practices.
In September, the Overland Park Public Safety Committee held a meeting dedicated to mental health, and members of JOCO United asked for a community advisory board.
City councilmember Paul Lyons, who chairs the committee, told KCUR he’s not convinced there’s a need for it — as is, he said, there are three advisory boards that provide oversight and advice to the police and fire departments, handle citizen complaints about racial profiling and bias, and review disciplinary actions.
Wednesday night, Lyons will propose a mental health task force at the committee meeting.
But Albers said that’s not enough.
Police reform expert Emily Gunston with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs said that community advisory boards can be a great tool.
“One of the critical aspects of police accountability is ensuring that the police department is responsive to community concerns and is co-producing public safety with the community that it serves,” Gunston said.
A month after Albers was killed, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe ruled the shooting was justified. But to this day, Albers said the DA has not made the investigative reports into the shooting public. And, it was only after the family sued that the officer’s name was released.
“I don't think it has to be that way,” Gunston said. “I think communities can push back on that. Police departments can provide far more information to the public than they currently do.”
This is bigger than John
Pushing back is exactly what Sheila Albers set out to do for her first son, who she still remembers bringing home from Minsk, Belarus, when he was 18 months old.
"You know, he gave me the greatest gift I could have ever gotten," she said. "I got to be a mom."
Now, without him, she’s fighting for change, but not just for him or her community. She knows hiring a good lawyer and reaching a settlement is unusual in fatal police shootings.
“I know that there are so many people who've experienced the same loss that I have and have nothing. And absolutely nothing happens,” she said.
With her resources, she wants to fight to set a precedent and keep this from happening to any family.
“This is bigger than John. This is bigger than Overland Park,” she said.
But for now, with the city’s Public Safety Committee set to discuss a mental health task force instead of a community advisory board tonight, Albers' work is far from over.
Andrea Tudhope is a reporter for KCUR 89.3. Email her at [email protected], and follow her on Twitter @andreatudhope.
A 26-year-old man is in custody in connection with an Overland Park homicide investigation after leading Olathe Police on a high-speed chase late Monday evening.
In a news release, Olathe Police Captain Ryan Henson says officers were dispatched to an address in the 800 block of North Hamilton Street to assist Overland Park Police with contacting a person of interest in a homicide investigation.
Earlier Monday, a 35-year-old man was shot and killed outside condominiums along 85th Street, across the street from Overland Park City Hall.
“The person of interest fled in a vehicle, which was pursued by Olathe Police officers,” Capt. Henson said in the release. “The vehicle left the roadway and crashed near the intersection of Dennis Avenue and Keeler Street.”
That location is off Interstate 35 near Frisco Lake Park.
Recorded radio traffic indicates the suspect was driving a Ford Escape with Indiana license plates.
Speeds during the pursuit exceeded 65mph on side streets. The suspect also drove off-road twice before crashing.
The suspect’s SUV was southbound on South Keeler Street and left the road at the intersection with E. Dennis Avenue. The SUV crashed across a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad line and then into a chain-link fence at Canyon Stone, 550 East Old 56 Highway.
Officers reported the SUV came to a stop on its roof. The driver was pulled from the SUV and taken into custody.
Johnson County Med-Act transported the man to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
Captain Henson says the man’s injuries are non-life-threatening.
One Olathe police vehicle was taken away from the scene on a tow truck after driving across the railroad tracks. No officers were injured.
Railroad traffic in the area was shut down for a time as police arrested the driver and removed the damaged vehicles from the tracks.
Overland Park Police Department detectives were on the scene following the crash and informed Olathe officers that the suspect’s SUV would need to be towed to the Johnson County Crime Lab for processing.
No other details have been released.
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Overland Park Jewish Community Center shooting
On April 13, 2014, two shootings occurred at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement community, both located in Overland Park, Kansas. A total of three people were killed in the shootings, two of whom were shot at the community center and one shot at the retirement community. The gunman, 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. of Aurora, Missouri, originally from North Carolina, was arrested during the attack and was subsequently tried, convicted of murder and other crimes, and sentenced to death. Miller, a former Klansman, neo-Nazi and former political candidate, died in prison in 2021 while awaiting execution.
The shootings began at around 1:00 p.m. (CDT) at a rear parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, near the entrance to the White Theater. The gunman first fired a handgun at two men. One of the men managed to escape immediately, while the second man tried to flee in his car. A bullet struck the shoulder bag of the man's seat, but he escaped uninjured. The shooter then fired at two males, 69-year-old Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, who were hit by gunfire as they pulled into the parking lot inside their car. Corporon died at the scene of a shotgun wound to the head, while Underwood died of handgun wounds at a hospital.
During the time of the first shooting, teenagers were inside the building auditioning for KC Superstar, a singing competition. In addition to that, actors, crew members, and other staff were in the White Theater preparing for a 2:00 p.m. performance of To Kill a Mockingbird. There was also a fitness program being conducted for children with autism, Fun and Fitness with Friends. This program consisted of 15 children with autism and 6 volunteers. The gunman was able to fire several shots into the building. The staff inside the building were the first to make 9-1-1 calls alerting the police. Multiple staff members, one with paramedic training and the other with military medical experience, attempted life-saving measures on the victims, but were ultimately unsuccessful.
After firing at several other people, but missing, the shooter fled in his car and opened fire at Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement community located a little more than a mile away from the community center. A woman, Terri LaManno, was killed in the parking lot, and two other people were shot at, but the gunshots missed both people.
The gunman was arrested at 2:45 p.m. outside Valley Park Elementary School by two police officers who identified him in his car using tips given by witnesses. As he was led away, he made antisemitic remarks, according to witnesses. A police official confirmed that the gunman used a Remington Model 870 shotgun in the shootings, and several other weapons, including a handgun, were also recovered from his car. Investigators were also determining whether an assault rifle was also used.
In a press conference, the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that it was "determined" that the motivation for the shootings was antisemitism. Several items were seized from the suspect's home in Aurora, Missouri, including three boxes of ammunition, a red shirt with a swastika symbol, antisemitic publications (such as Hitler's Mein Kampf), a list of kosher places, directions to synagogues, and a printout of the KC Superstar competition at the community center.
Main article: Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr.
Miller was arrested in connection to the shootings. Prior to his arrest, news reports described the suspected gunman as a man in his seventies who was not a Kansas native. Miller was an Aurora, Missouri, transplant from North Carolina, a neo-Nazi, practicing neo-Pagan beliefs, and former politician who founded and formerly led the Carolina Knights, a paramilitary organization with ties to the Ku Klux Klan in the 1980s, with the organization later being disbanded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, after which he founded another group called the White Patriot Party. In the late 1980s, he was sentenced to three years in prison for weapons charging and plotting to assassinate Morris Dees, the leader and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He previously served in the United States Army for 20 years, which included two tours in Vietnam.
Miller's most recent comprehensive interview was with David Pakman of the nationally syndicated The David Pakman Show. Pakman also appears to be the media figure to most recently have had contact with Miller, having released email transcripts from November 2013. Also, The Distorted View Show previously spoke to the suspect in 2010. In late March, Miller visited an emergency room and was diagnosed with emphysema, being told he had a 50 percent chance of living three additional years. According to a November 15, 2014, interview with The Kansas City Star, Miller said he began planning the shootings following the visit. He also added that he believed he would die during the shootings and that he frequently visited the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City prior, including three visits that occurred hours before he first opened fire.
Miller was said by police officials to have purchased the firearms from a straw buyer, which enabled him to avoid going through federal background checks; he was unable to make personal purchases because of the weapons charges he was issued during his arrest in the late 1980s.
John Mark Reidle, a resident of Lawrence County, Missouri, purchased the shotgun for Miller (a "straw purchase") at a Walmart store in Republic, Missouri four days prior to the shootings. In June 2014, Reidle was indicted by a grand jury on federal charges of providing false information on a federal firearms form (Form 4473) in order to purchase the shotgun. Reidle is also believed to be responsible for the purchase of a handgun for Miller, apparently bought at a gun show. According to neighbors, Reidle and Miller had similar political beliefs, and Reidle flew a Nazi flag on Hitler's birthday each year.
In October 2015, pursuant to a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Reidle pleaded guilty to the charge. Reidle was sentenced to five years of probation, including home confinement for the first six months of the probationary period; the judge in the case stated that Miller had taken advantage of Reidle's limited cognitive abilities. Reidle expressed remorse for his crime. Some of the families of victims criticized the leniency of his sentence and the government's lack of consultation with them.
Conviction and death sentence
Two days after the shootings, Miller briefly appeared in court by video and requested a lawyer. He was charged with one count of capital murder, covering all three deaths because the crime was "part of a common scheme or course of conduct." Miller is believed to be the oldest person to be charged with capital murder in the history of Kansas. Miller was later also charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder as well as additional counts of aggravated assault and criminally discharging a firearm at an occupied building.
During his November 2014 preliminary hearing, Miller's attorneys requested a competency examination. The request was approved by Johnson County District Court Judge Kelly Ryan after he expressed concerns about Miller's ability to assist his attorneys. The approval of the request drew outrage from Miller himself, who allegedly wanted a speedy trial.
In December 2014, Miller was found competent to stand trial. Prosecutors sought the death penalty against him.
On March 2, 2015, a preliminary hearing began to determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. On March 3, Judge Ryan determined that there was probable cause for Miller to stand trial for three counts each of capital murder and attempted murder.
Miller's attorneys attempted twice to arrange plea bargains with prosecutors, under which Miller would, in exchange for pleading guilty, be sentenced to life with parole while avoiding a possible death sentence. However, on both occasions, prosecutors refused to accept the deal.
At a court hearing on May 14, 2015, Miller announced that he wanted to fire all of his attorneys, insisting instead that he be allowed to represent himself. Over the advice of his attorneys and the judge against such an action, Miller stated that "It's my life and I'll do as I please... The death penalty don't bother me" while adding that, if found guilty, "I'll climb up on the gurney and stick the needle in myself." Ultimately, the judge agreed to Miller's request, on the condition that his attorneys remain as "standby counsel". Upon taking over his own defense, Miller announced that one of the witnesses he will be calling is actor Mel Gibson. At the end of the hearing, a trial date was set for August 17, 2015.
On August 17, 2015, jury selection began for Miller's trial. About 200 people were summoned. During the 11-day trial, Miller acted as his own attorney and made various disruptive outbursts, including self-incriminating statements. During the trial, Miller said that he was "proud" of the crime and made antisemitic diatribes. On August 31, 2015, Miller was found guilty of one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder, and assault and weapons charges. On September 8, the jury recommended he receive the death penalty. On November 10, 2015, Miller was sentenced to death by Judge Ryan. On 29 March 2021, Miller appealed the death sentence, arguing that the Court should not have let him represent himself, while also questioning the constitutionality of the death penalty.
Miller died in prison on May 3, 2021, at the age of 80, while he was awaiting his execution.
A 14-year-old boy, Reat Griffin Underwood, and his 69-year-old grandfather, physician Dr. William Lewis Corporon, were killed at the Jewish Community Center. Both were Christians and attendants at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood. A 53-year-old woman, Terri LaManno, who was an occupational therapist in Kansas City, was killed at the parking lot of Village Shalom, where her mother resided.
LaManno was also a Christian who attended St. Peter's Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Initial reports indicated a fourth person who was shot and wounded, but it was later confirmed that all of the people who suffered gunshot wounds were killed. Including the people shot at but escaping uninjured, only one person targeted by gunfire was Jewish.
U.S. PresidentBarack Obama called the shootings "horrific" and said in a statement, "While we do not know all of the details surrounding today's shooting, the initial reports are heartbreaking." U.S. Attorney GeneralEric Holder also issued a statement in the wake of the shooting, saying, "I was horrified to learn of this weekend's tragic shootings outside Kansas City. These senseless acts of violence are all the more heartbreaking as they were perpetrated on the eve of the solemn occasion of Passover." Governor Sam Brownback issued the statement: "My heart and prayers are with all those who were affected by today's events. We will pursue justice aggressively for these victims and criminal charges against the perpetrator or perpetrators to the full extent of the law." Other politicians issued statements in which they offered their condolences to those killed in the shooting and decried the antisemitic motivations of the shooter.
The Jewish Community Center offered condolences to the victims' families on its Facebook page. Four days after the shooting, the Jewish Community Center hosted an interfaith service in the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre, called a "Service of Unity and Hope." Over 1,300 people attended the service, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. Multiple faith leaders from the surrounding area spoke during the service, which culminated with a symbolic show of unity as the clergy, elected officials and members of law enforcement in attendance were asked to gather on the stage as three candles were lit in memory of the victims.
Prime Minister of IsraelBenjamin Netanyahu sent condolences. "We condemn the shootings which, according to all the signs, were perpetrated out of hatred for Jews," Netanyahu said the day after the attack.
John Lewis has put out a statement: It is deeply tragic that such senseless brutality should occur on the eve of Passover, the time when Jews all over the world remember their liberation from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago. Hate itself is a kind of bondage that poisons the well of the soul. Somehow we must finally learn that it can never be a meaningful answer to human problems...
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