Christopher P. Taylor

Christopher P. Taylor.

JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- A 41-year-old Independence man was sentenced on Friday to 17 years in a Missouri prison for a fatal shooting that happened in October of 2016.

A Jackson County judge sentenced 41-year-old Christopher P. Taylor to seven years in prison for the conviction of involuntary manslaughter and 17 years in prison for the conviction of armed criminal action charges.

The judge set the sentences to run concurrently.

According to court records, the shooting that killed 22-year-old Whitney Gray in Independence happened in the 1600 block of Sterling on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at about 7:40 p.m.

Gray had suffered a gunshot to the chest while driving her minivan north on Sterling, near Winner Road.

Taylor shot her from his moving vehicle, apparently due to road rage, and multiple witnesses reported seeing that road rage incident.

Gray was driving and Taylor was following her closely. He reportedly tried to pass her and nearly caused an accident.

At Winner Road, witnesses said they saw a drink or a liquid be thrown from her vehicle onto Taylor's SUV. Then a loud "pop" was heard.

Taylor continued driving north.

Independence detectives recovered surveillance video of the victim's vehicle being followed by a large white SUV and witnesses told police that Taylor's vehicle may have been involved after they watched the news.

Taylor uncharacteristically did not show up for work, according to his boss. Also, his family members said they became more suspicious that he was involved in that Sunday shooting after it appeared he had packed up many of his belongings and left his home.

A car dealer helped police track Taylor's white Toyota Sequoia to a hotel in Box Elder, South Dakota where he was later taken into custody.

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