Missouri appeals court upholds conviction of white KC cop in killing of Black man

A three-judge panel at the Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled that a former Kansas City police detective will have to serve a six-year prison sentence after being convicted in the shooting death of a Black man.

Eric DeValkenaere, who is white, was convicted in 2021 of second-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the fatal shooting of Cameron Lamb in November 2019. DeValkenaere was found guilty at trial before a Jackson County judge.

He was sentenced to six years in prison but remained free on bond while his criminal appeal worked through the courts.

The first Kansas City police officer to be convicted in the death of a Black man, DeValkenaere had asked judges at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, in downtown Kansas City, to overturn his convictions or grant him a new trial.

In early September, the judges heard arguments in the case. Jackson County prosecutors were allowed to defend the manslaughter conviction during the hearing.

In court filings, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey, whose office is tasked with arguing on behalf of the state, instead contended the conviction should be overturned.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated.

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