Kansas City man sentenced to life in 2014 shooting death

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – A 33-year-old Kansas City man was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of a man from Independence.

The Jackson County prosecutor said James Rhymer was sentenced Friday for the December 2014 death of 45-year-old David Mendez. Rhymer was convicted in April of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and kidnapping.

Police say Mendez was shot while sitting in a pickup in Kansas City. His body was later found inside a burned vehicle south of Harrisonville.

Rhymer was arrested after a standoff with police at his Kansas City apartment.

Rhymer was previously charged with murder in the 2012 killing of another man but prosecutors later dismissed those charges.