Being arrested isn't the same as being found guilty of committing a crime. However, arrests are kept on record no matter how a criminal case turns out.
During his arraignment on Monday, Nov. 24, a Kansas City man entered a plea of not guilty to five counts of first-degree murder. Reports indicate the defendant remained silent throughout the proceeding with his defense attorney speaking on his behalf. Other charges include four counts of armed criminal action, burglary, vehicle theft and illegal possession of weapons. The defendant pleaded not guilty to these charges as well.
In Jackson County, Missouri, you are more likely to get away with murder -- or at least with a lighter sentence for committing murder. New statistics show that 15 convicts in the past five years have received only probation after they were found guilty of second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter. It appears that Jackson County is the most lenient jurisdiction in the region when it comes to convictions for this type of deadly crime.
A Kansas City man has admitted to killing his former partner in November 2012. The defendant, age 43, was accused of beating and stabbing the woman to death as the couple's two young children watched. Official reports show that the man had been put on probation for domestic assault in 2010, but that probation has been revoked because he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the woman's death.
Two men from Missouri has been released from custody after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia posted a whopping $2 million bail in connection with a criminal case. The men had been arrested in June on allegations that they had kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman. The man, ages 21 and 27, are facing formal charges of kidnapping and forcible sodomy, according to news reports. Each was held on a $1 million bail. Those men had been attending Missouri State University at the time of the assault incident.