Missouri man sentenced for death at birthday party

Prison Sentence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Kansas City man was sentenced to 23 years in prison for fatally shooting another man during a child’s birthday party at a water park.

A Jackson County judge sentenced 25-year-old Divonte Lewis Friday for the May 2015 death of 19-year-old Ryshun Bell at Kansas City’s Coco Key Water Resort.

Lewis was found guilty in June of second-degree murder. He also was found guilty of armed criminal action and will serve a concurrent 10-year sentence.

Lewis had claimed he shot Bell in self-defense. But prosecutors said the shooting occurred after Lewis became angry when he and several others were asked to leave the party area.