A 71-year-old woman was found shot dead in her car along the instate in Missouri. But she was an innocent victim in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Now, the man who pulled the trigger will head to prison for decades.
Last month, a judge in Missouri sentenced Dakkota Siders, 28, to 30 years in prison for the killing of Barbara Mae Harper. A jury previously convicted Siders of second-degree murder and other charges, according to Fox 4.
Around 3 a.m. on Jan. 16, 2019, Kansas City police responded to I-70 for a reported crash with injuries, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office.
When police arrived, they found Harper dead in the car.
She had been shot and there were holes in the passenger seat’s headrest, according to prosecutors. Both the driver’s side and passenger’s side windows were shot out.
Police also found shell casings nearby.
Video surveillance showed another vehicle speeding behind Harper, prosecutors said. The vehicle then left the interstate. Another video had sounds that appeared to be two gunshots.
Police tracked the other car’s license plate to a home. There, they saw Siders pull into the driveway in the same vehicle.
When he was arrested, police found a 9mm gun in Sider’s waistband and another gun under his armpit. Authorities found three pounds of marijuana inside his home.
Police also determined that Sider was the suspect in another shooting before Harper was killed, prosecutors said. The shell casings from that scene matched the ones taken from the interstate.
Detectives believed the victim’s vehicle may have been mistakenly targeted by the defendant after the first shooting incident.
But authorities have not said who Siders was targeting, or why.