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Man pleads guilty to Kansas City shooting that left three dead in November 2017

By Katie Moore January 23, 2020 03:18 PM

A man pleaded guilty Thursday to a triple murder at an east Kansas City house. Deaundre J. Brown, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of armed criminal action.

A prison sentence of 20 years was recommended for each count, to be served concurrently, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

“This was a difficult case and neither the State nor Mr. Brown are completely satisfied with the plea agreement,” said John Picerno, Brown’s defense attorney. “However, ultimately, Mr. Brown believes the agreement is in his best interest.”

On Nov. 10, 2017, Kansas City police responded to the 4900 block of East 17th Street.

Jennifer L. Zimmerman, 30, Victor Portillo, 30, and Yesseria Ahumada, 25, were killed in the shooting.

A witness told police he overheard a conversation between Portillo and Brown about a potential drug deal, with Ahumada setting up the sale, court records said.

Prosecutors say a witness told police that Brown was Ahumada’s ex-boyfriend and may have been involved in the killings.

According to court records, the witness told police he overheard a conversation between Portillo and Brown about a potential drug deal, with Ahumada setting up the sale.

Brown was looking to buy 20 pounds of marijuana from Portillo for $34,000, the witness said.

Cellphone records, surveillance video and another witness account allegedly placed Brown and his vehicle in the area before and after the shooting.

Cellphone records obtained by investigators showed Ahumada and Brown were in contact the night before the drug deal was supposed to happen. One text message allegedly from Brown asked Ahumada if she was still meeting him in the morning. She replied, “Yep.”

Surveillance video allegedly showed Ahumada’s and Brown’s cars together on the morning of the shooting.

One witness told police he heard gunshots that morning, looked out his window and saw a white sedan parked in the middle of the road in front of the house where the killings happened. The witness said the car sped away.
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