Kopetsky's ex pleads guilty in separate case - KCTV5 News

Kopetsky's ex pleads guilty in separate case

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For Kara Kopetsky's mother, it was unsettling news. The missing teen's ex-boyfriend, who was once a suspect in her disappearance, had just pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge involving another teenaged woman.

"It was almost like deja vu," said Rhonda Beckford from outside her Belton home.

Kopetsky has been missing since 2007. A reward fund is now up to $80,000.

"It's like being in perpetual limbo," Beckford said of the years since Kara's disappearance.

"You can't move forward and you wish to God you had a time machine and you could go back before 2007 and prevent what happened from happening, but you can't."

Beckford and her husband, Jim, said the Kylr Yust who dated their daughter looked different than he does in the mug shot taken last week, but even then,he exhibited behavior that worried them.

"They were together nine months," Beckford said. "She was miserable. She would cry on my shoulder just about every night."

The day Kara went missing came one week after she filed for a protection order against Yust. She was 17 then. He was 18.

Now 22 years old, Yust has admitted to choking a new girlfriend in an apartment they shared at 99th Street and Locust. The domestic violence assault charge indicated Yust choked the 18-year-old so hard that she lost consciousness, pulled her hair out and punched her until she was bruised.

At the time, in late July, that teen's mother told police her daughter was 7-1/2 weeks pregnant.

In the police report, that latest teen's mother recounted what her daughter told her about that night, six months into her relationship with Yust.

"He 'threatened to kill her... if she left him.' He 'had a family with a ranch where there were pigs that would eat anything including bones ... no one would ever find her,'" the latest teen's mother recounted.

Beckford said she knew of no such ranch. It could have been a mere scare tactic, she speculated, but she would like to know for sure.

"I would sure be interested in knowing where this farm is because ... I think it needs [to be] searched," she said.

Officials have had several searches for Kara. The most recent search was just this year, in February, at 89th and Elmwood, not far from where one of Yust's relatives lives.

The recent domestic violence charge, and guilty plea in Kansas City Municipal Court, brought Yust two years supervised probation.

He cannot have contact with his victim, must complete a 26-week anger management course, and cannot to have any repeat convictions. A violation would result in a 180-day jail sentence.

The recent ex-girlfriend also told police about an incident earlier this summer when she said Yust smashed one of her kittens on the floor until it died, saying it didn't deserve to live. That incident was not included in the charge he pleaded guilty to and KCTV5 could find no record of a charge for that.

Kopetsky hasn't been seen since she walked out of Belton High School in 2007. Yust had an alibi and passed a lie detector test at the time Kopetsky went missing.

To read more on the search for Kopetsky, click here.

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