Jan 23, 2020 4:39 PM

2 charged in Kansas City's first homicide of 2020

Posted Jan 23, 2020 4:39 PM
Anderson White photo Jackson County
Anderson White photo Jackson County

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Two men have been charged with fatally shooting a 41-year-old man in Kansas City's first homicide of the year.

The Jackson County prosecutor's office announced Wednesday that 25-year-old Anderson White and 25-year-old Darren Hamilton face charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Earl Finch III.

Court records say Finch was found dead in a driveway on Jan. 5. The suspects were identified from a video from a neighboring home that showed a vehicle pull up a few houses away from the victim. The video then showed two men approach Finch, shoot him and walk away.

Court records say Hamilton told police he shot the victim after White shot him.

White was charged Wednesday and Hamilton on Jan. 9. No attorney is listed for White in online court records, and Hamilton's attorney didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press. Their bond is set at $250,000.

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Calif. man cashed stolen tax refund checks in Kansas

KANSAS CITY (AP) —A man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison with no parole for participating in a scheme to cash more than $447,000 in stolen tax refund checks.

Dante L. Chestnut, 31, of Ontario, California, pleaded guilty in July 2019 to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Chestnut admitted that he and others stole tax refund checks from the mail in April 2016.

They then used driver's licenses and other identification documents to cash the checks at Academy Bank branches in Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, and Colorado, prosecutors said.