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Kansas City man sentenced to life in prison for 2014 murder

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James Rhymer, 33, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of David Mendez in November 2014. (Jackson County Jail) James Rhymer, 33, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of David Mendez in November 2014. (Jackson County Jail)
JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

A Jackson County judge sentenced a man facing six charges stemming from a 2014 murder on Friday.

James Rhymer, 33, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of David Mendez in November 2014, as well as other violent crime convictions.  

Rhymer was convicted of second-degree murder, first-degree assault, kidnapping and three counts of armed criminal action in April.

Friday's sentence covered the second-degree murder, first-degree assault and kidnapping convictions. The judge also sentenced him to 15 years in prison for the three counts of armed criminal action. Both sentences are set to run concurrently.

According to court records, witnesses told police Rhymer shot the victim in the area of 12th Street and Ewing Avenue while the victim was in a vehicle. Rhymer then attempted to burn the body and dispose of it in a rural location south of Kansas City.

Police later located the burned pickup and the victim's body, and police later took the defendant into custody after he barricaded himself in his Kansas City apartment.

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