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Sentencing date set for convicted Kansas City detective

KANSAS CITY, Mo. A sentencing date has been set for Kansas City Police Det. Eric DeValkenaere, convicted in the shooting death of Cameron Lamb.

A Jackson County judge found DeValkenaere guilty last month of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal act in the 2019 police shooting.

Judge J. Dale Youngs made clear his decision was constitutional, citing privacy and Fourth Amendment rights.

Youngs said DeValkenaere and his partner had no good reason to be in Lamb’s garage and did not have a search warrant or evidence to obtain a search warrant.

DeValkenaere and his partner were called to Lamb’s neighborhood for a traffic incident near East 41st Street and College Avenue on December 13, 2019. A police helicopter spotted a red pickup truck. , believed to be involved in the incident, turned into Lamb’s garage. Two officers followed Lamb into his property.

During testing, DeValkenaere admits to shooting Lamb, but said it was to protect his comrades after Lamb pulled out his gun and pointed it at another officer. DeValkenaere’s partner testified that he did not see the weapon in Lamb’s hand.

DeValkenaere’s sentencing date has been scheduled for March 4, 2022.

DeValkenaere could face up to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and at least three years for armed crime. Youngs will continue to monitor the incident and decide whether monitoring activities take place continuously or simultaneously.

On Thursday, DeValkenaere’s defense attorney Molly Hastings confirmed to FOX4 that it “absolutely plans to appeal” Youngs’ ruling.

Under the Missouri court system, an appeal must be filed 10 days after the judgment is finalized. In criminal cases, the verdict is not final until a sentencing is given.

https://fox4kc.com/news/sentencing-date-set-for-kansas-city-detective-convicted-in-cameron-lamb-killing/ Sentencing date set for convicted Kansas City detective

JACLYN DIAZ

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