Kansas City man sentenced for death at birthday party

4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago September 09, 2016 Sep 9, 2016 Friday, September 09 2016 Friday, September 09, 2016 6:13:19 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man was sentenced to 23 years in prison for fatally shooting another man during a child's birthday party at a water park.

A Jackson County judge sentenced 25-year-old Divonte Lewis Friday for the May 2015 death of 19-year-old Ryshun Bell at Kansas City's Coco Key Water Resort.

Lewis was found guilty in June of second-degree murder. He also was found guilty of armed criminal action and will serve a concurrent 10-year sentence.

Lewis had claimed he shot Bell in self-defense. But prosecutors said the shooting occurred after Lewis became angry when he and several others were asked to leave the party area.

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