The man who fatally shot Kansas City, Kan., police Capt. Robert David Melton in 2016 is scheduled to be sentenced Friday afternoon in Wyandotte County District Court.
Jamaal R. Lewis, who pleaded guilty in October to a charge of first-degree felony murder, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Melton, 46, was fatally shot in July 2016.
Lewis, now 22, and several others were fleeing from a drive-by shooting into an unoccupied apartment when Melton attempted to stop Lewis by pulling his unmarked police car in front of him.
Lewis pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots into the vehicle. He fled, but was arrested a short time later and has been in custody since then.
In his written petition to enter a guilty plea, Lewis said he did not see Melton before he fired.He said he thought the unmarked car was a police vehicle and that the person driving it was a police officer.“I shot at the unmarked white car because I was afraid I would be arrested by a police officer inside the car,” he said. Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Current TimeÂ 0:00/DurationÂ 2:51Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteTransparencyOpaqueBackgroundColorBlackTransparencyOpaqueWindowColorBlackTransparencyTransparentFont […]