Jury recommends death penalty for Kansas City JCC shooter

STAFF REPORT

A Johnson County, Kansas jury recommended Tuesday that F. Glenn Miller Jr., who murdered three people at two Jewish sites in the Kansas City area last year, should be sentenced to death, the Kansas City Star reported.

Miller, 74, a self-described anti-Semite, turned his back to the jurors as they re-entered the courtroom Tuesday afternoon after reaching a unanimous verdict. He was convicted of capital murder last week.

Miller admitted killing 69-year-old Dr. William Corporon and Corporon’s 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., and 53-year-old Terri LaManno at a nearby retirement center. None of the victims was Jewish.

The Star reported that after hearing the jury’s death recommendation, Miller turned toward them and said: “Thank you.” Then as District Judge Kelly Ryan gave the jury final instructions, Miller blurted, “You are a bunch of sheep.”

“Mr. Miller, that’s enough,” Ryan said, according to the Star.

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“What are you going to do about it?” Miller asked.

Ryan ordered Miller removed from the courtroom.

The jurors deliberated about 90 minutes, including time to eat lunch, before opting for a death sentence over life in prison without parole, according to the Star

Ryan will now decide whether to follow the jury’s sentencing recommendation.

Mindy Corporon, the daughter of Dr. Corporon and the mother of Reat Underwood, issued a statement after the jury’s decision. It said:

“Today, we have witnessed justice in action. We extend to the jury our heartfelt gratitude for their time and attention throughout the trial. We are grateful to the District Attorney’s office for their diligence and advocacy on our behalf.

“We are very thankful for the continuing support from family, friends, the greater Kansas City community and across the globe.

“Your positive actions and words of encouragement to us and to each other strengthen our belief that love, kindness and understanding will triumph over ignorance and hate.

“For our loved ones there is no greater legacy. We remain strong in our conviction to God and we find comfort in the knowledge that His justice will prevail.”

Earlier this year, Mindy Corporon began “Seven Days: Make a Ripple, Change the World,” which encouraged daily acts of kindness and giving over the course of a week. She said it was such a success that the 2nd Annual Seven Days is now being planned for April 12 -18, 2016.