20-year-old bailed out for theft at online phone sales meeting

A Kansas City teenager who robbed two people at gunpoint after arranging the internet to sell them a cell phone has been sentenced to 20 years in a Missouri prison.

Jalen T. Clayton, 19, was sentenced by Platte County Circuit Court on May 30 after pleading guilty in March to two counts each of first-degree robbery and armed robbery, according to the bureau. of the Platte County District Attorney.

Because the crime is classified as a dangerous crime under Missouri law, Clayton must serve 17 years before he can be granted parole, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Clayton admitted in March that he lured two victims to the 5600 block of North Anita Avenue in northern Kansas City by listing an iPhone for sale on the Internet marketplace app OfferUp. After the victims arrived, Clayton climbed into the backseat of their car and pulled out a handgun.

Clayton admitted to removing the magazine from the gun and showing the victims the bullets inside. He demanded their belongings and fled with the victims’ cell phones, prosecutors said.

A Platte County judge sentenced Clayton to 20 years on each of the robbery charges and 15 years on each of the armed criminal action charges. The sentences must be carried out simultaneously.

“This conviction sends a clear message that violent crimes in Platte County are punishable by severe penalties,” Platte County District Attorney Eric Zahnd said. “We will not tolerate criminals who prey on users of online marketplaces. “

Zahnd urged people to be safe when meeting strangers for online transactions. The Kansas City Police Department has online exchange points in the parking lots of its patrol stations.

“We encourage people to use these or other safe and populated locations during the day when they meet strangers to shop on the Internet,” Zahnd said.

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers the latest news on crime, transportation and the dawn weather. He has been with The Star since 1987 and now contributes to data reporting and video editing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rockhurst College, where he studied communications and computer science.

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