JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- A Kansas City man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for fatally stabbing a mother of four in 2018.
Xzavier C. McDowell, now 20 years old, had pleaded guilty in February 2020 to second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
The state had requested a sentence of 25 years in prison. On Friday, the judge sentenced McDowell to 23 years for the murder conviction and five years for the armed criminal action conviction. Those sentences have been set to run concurrently.
According to court records, police found Deandrea R. Vine outside a residence in the 8500 block of E. 92nd St. on July 28, 2018.
She had been stabbed multiple times and a vehicle in the driveway had a lot blood inside it.
Earlier that day, family members had seen Vine with a "younger man" with a backpack. They said she had met him at work. Management at that workplace told police Vine had been in a relationship with an individual identified as McDowell.
McDowell told police he'd been at Vine's residence the night she was killed. He said he stabbed her several times because "she had to die."
He then fled, hid the knife, took a shower, and burned the clothes he was wearing in the backyard.
After obtaining a search warrant, police found traces of blood in McDowell's residence and ashes in the backyard.