HARRISONVILLE, MO (KCTV) -- A day after being found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and second-degree murder, a jury recommended the maximum penalty of life in prison for Kylr Yust.
Formal sentencing is set for June 7.
Following a two-week trial in Harrisonville, a Cass County jury on Thursday night found the 32-year-old guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2007 killing of Belton High Schooler Kara Kopetsky and guilty of second-degree murder in the 2016 death of Jessica Runions.
The jury sentenced Yust to 15 years for the voluntary manslaughter charge. His sentence for second-degree murder is life in prison.
Judge is now setting a formal sentencing date. Court needs to complete a sentencing assessment report. Set for June 7th at 2:30PM Assessment report will be completed by Missouri Probation and Parole @KCTV5 #YustTrial— Emily Rittman KCTV5 (@EmilyRittman) April 16, 2021
A jury in Cass County has found Kylr Yust guilty of voluntary manslaughter and second-degree murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky and 21-year-old Jessica Runions.
That same jury was back at it Friday morning, hearing testimony in the post-conviction sentencing portion of the trial before deciding how long Yust would spend in prison.
The family members for Kopetsky and Runions spoke, during this phase, about what effect the women's disappearances have had on them, and what they were like. Yust was also allowed to have witnesses speak on his behalf.
HARRISONVILLE, MO (KCTV) -- On Wednesday afternoon, Kylr Yust took the stand to testify on h…
Yust told jurors he was with Kara Kopetsky on the day she disappeared ,May 4, 2007, but he claimed his deceased half-brother, Jessep Carter, was there, too. And he told jurors he heard Carter’s voice when he was drunk the night he left a friend’s house with Jessica Runions just before Ruinions disappeared on Sept. 8, 2016. Yust blamed Carter for the murders of both women.
It's Kylr Yust's turn to make his case. Today, the defense took over but the jury spent a lot of time outside the courtroom.
SLIDESHOW: Trial for Kylr Yust charged with killing 2 women
Prosecutors make their case that a man killed two Kansas City-area women nearly a decade apart. The 13 women and three men chosen to serve as jurors or alternates heard Kylr Yust’s case in Harrisonville. Yust was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandoning a corpse in the deaths of 21-year-old Jessica Runions, of Raymore, and 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky, of Belton.