Man with alleged body county tattoo sentenced to prison for Missouri murder

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Jun. 14 2021, Published 1:41 p.m. ET

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They say every face tells a story…

A Missouri man with a facial tattoo depicting a suspected body county will spend decades in prison after his murder conviction earlier this month.

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Jonathan S. Lowrey, 27, pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge for the shooting death of Joseph Corum on March 28, 2019. He also pled guilty to armed criminal action, tampering with a motor vehicle and first-degree burglary.

On March 28, 2019, Kansas police responded to the 2400 block of Lister Avenue after the fatal shooting. A couple of eyewitnesses described the commotion that took place before the shooting. Corum was heard yelling at an individual outside a lady’s home.

Then, the witness said she heard the sound of a noisy vehicle and two gunshots soon followed.

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According to Fox News, another witness saw Lowrey argue with the victim outside his home. He then retreated to his vehicle, pulled out a shoulder gun, and shot Corum three times.


To corroborate the testimonies of the eyewitnesses, authorities obtained a surveillance video from another witness. The footage showed Lowrey seated in a van, placing him at the scene of the crime. Furthermore, the witness told investigators that Lowrey had five tally marks tattooed on his face, under his right eye.

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It was alleged Lowrey claimed the tally represented body counts.

According to media reports, DNA evidence on the shell casings found at the crime scene also matched Lowrey’s gun.

A few weeks later, investigators discovered an additional tally to the previous tally on Lowrey’s face.

As a result of his plea, a judge sentenced Lowery to serve 25 years in prison for the murder. Lowrey was also sentenced to 20 years in prison for the armed criminal action and seven years each for the tampering and burglary charges. He is expected to serve all sentences at the same time.


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