Kansas bar shooting suspected received probation last year

October 09, 2019 - 7:17 pm

Kansas City Kansas Police Department via AP


A suspect in a weekend Kansas bar shooting that left four dead and five wounded was given probation last year for trafficking contraband while imprisoned for aggravated robbery instead of more time behind bars.

The same Leavenworth County, Kansas, judge that allowed Hugo Villanueva-Morales, 29, to avoid prison in the case also made news earlier this year when he reduced the sentence of a convicted sex offender because he said the 13- and 14-year-old girls who were victims in the abuse were actually "aggressors."

Police continue searching for Villanueva-Morales. He and Javier Alatorre, 23, are charged with four counts of first-degree murder in Sunday's shooting at the Tequila KC bar in Kansas City, Kansas. Alatorre was arrested hours after the shooting in Kansas City, Missouri.

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