Missouri man sentenced for killing witness in a murder case

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A man who is scheduled to go in trial for murder in August was sentenced Friday to 34 years in prison for killing a woman who was a witness in the case.

Michael Dumas, 28, of Pleasant Hill, was sentenced in the Nov. 18, 2018, shooting death of Sarah Simms, 46, in Independence.

A Jackson County judge sentenced Dumas to 20 years for second-degree murder, three years for assault and 11 years for two counts of armed criminal action, all to be served consecutively, The Kansas City Star reported.

Dumas is charged with second-degree murder in the Sept. 29, 2017 death of Phillip Anderson. Prosecutors say Simms was in a car with Dumas when he was involved in a gun battle with another car on Interstate 70, which killed Anderson.

Dumas' trial in that case is scheduled to start Aug. 10.

Dumas had been out of jail on $150,000 bond for a year when Simms was killed.