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Kansan convicted in shooting spree

January 15, 2005


— A Kansas man convicted of killing five people in a spree that began as retaliation for a crime committed against his mother has been sentenced to five consecutive life terms in prison.

Darrell Lamont Stallings would have to serve at least 250 years before being eligible for parole for his June 2002 rampage in Kansas City, Kan. Wyandotte County District Judge Thomas Boeding added 56 years to that sentence for attempted first-degree murder, criminal discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle and criminal possession of a firearm.

A Wyandotte County jury last month spared Stallings' life when it recommended he be sentenced to life in prison.

Stallings' killing spree began as retaliation for the attempted robbery and beating of his mother in April 2002. Two people were caught and convicted for those crimes, but Stallings thought Anthony and Trina Jennings played a role, too.

Trina Jennings, 26, was killed; her 29-year-old brother, Anthony, was wounded.

Prosecutors have said none of the victims were involved in the attack on Stallings' mother. Also killed were Samantha Sigler, 24; Destiny Wiles, 23; Tameika Jackson, 24; and Melvin Montague, 34, all of whom prosecutors said died because they were witnesses to Jennings' killing.

Stallings was paroled less than a year before the shootings after serving 12 years for killing two people and wounding two others in a botched drug deal.

Before finding Stallings guilty of the newer charges in November, jurors heard vivid and sometimes gruesome details of the shootings. All the victims were shot multiple times; Jennings was eight months pregnant and hiding in a closet when she was shot 17 times.

Defense attorneys argued that Stallings was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time of the shootings.

Another Kansas City, Kan., man, 28-year-old Errik Harris, faces the same charges, but his trial date has not been set.

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