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Man pleads guilty to shooting Kansas City taxi driver

August 27, 2021 GMT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man admitted Friday that he shot a zTrip taxi driver 26 times at close range during a robbery.

Derron D. Nevels, 20, pleaded guilty in federal court to robbery and discharging a firearm during a violent crime that occurred after the driver picked up Nevels on Dec. 4, 2018.

Prosecutors said when the vehicle arrived at Nevels’ destination, he held a rifle to her head and demanded she give him “everything.” A second person standing outside the vehicle hit the driver as she struggled with Nevels over the rifle. Nevels then fired about 26 shots at the driver, prosecutors said.

Nevels and another suspect returned to the scene about 10 minutes after the attack and retrieved his cell phone from the back seat.

The driver survived the attack but continues to suffer from serious injuries caused by the shooting, according to court documents.

Two co-defendants, Bailee Anna Maria Prieto, 21, of Kansas City, Kansas; and Melani Yitzel Collazo Jimenez, 23, of Kansas City, Missouri have pleaded guilty to being accessories after the robbery.