Man sentenced for woman’s death at Kansas City arts event

July 20, 2021 GMT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge on Tuesday sentenced a 20-year-old man to 18 years in prison for the death of a woman struck by a stray bullet at a Kansas City arts event.

Kansas City, Missouri resident Deon’te Copkney was sentenced to 18 years for second-degree murder and three years for armed criminal action for his role in Erin Langhofer’s 2019 death, The Kansas City Star reported.

Copkney pleaded guilty to both charges in May.

Overland Park, Kansas resident Langhofer, 25, was shot in the head while she stood near a food truck at a First Friday event in the city’s Crossroads Art District.

Copkney told detectives he emptied the clip of his gun as he ran from a group that he and his friends had fought with, The Kansas City Star reported. He said he fired into the air and didn’t intend to hurt anyone.

Thousands of people were mingling in the city’s Crossroads District when the gunfire erupted.

Police have said Langhofer wasn’t connected to the fight that prompted the shooting.