Kansas City man who killed 3 people gets sentenced to life in prison

A man was sentenced to life in prison who fatally shot three people with a shotgun last year inside their Kansas City home.

A man was sentenced to life in prison who fatally shot three people with a shotgun last year inside their Kansas City home.

Jason R. Tucker, 29, pleaded guilty in February 2018 to capital murder in the May 2017 deaths of Vincent Rocha, his wife, Bernadette Gosserand, and his adult son, Jeremy Rocha. The Kansas City Star reported.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Wyandotte County prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Tucker will not be eligible for parole.

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When given a chance to speak sentenced to life in prison, Tucker declined.

“I have nothing to say,” he said.

The shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Tucker and Gosserand’s son, Bryan Balza, who had sought an order of protection from Tucker.

In May 2017, Tucker showed up at their home in 1900 block of South Boeke Street and confronted Balza on the front porch. He struck Balza with the shotgun and then shot him.



Tucker then went into the house and methodically killed the three victims.

Balza survived and was able to get to a neighbor’s house to call for help.

Some friends and family of the victims spoke before sentencing Thursday.

Some expressed their forgiveness of Tucker, while others said they wished he could be put to death.

“I hope you rot in hell,” said Vincent Rocha’s brother, John Pacheco.

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Among the most poignant comments were from a letter written by Jeremy Rocha’s daughter, who is now 7 and prays for Tucker and his family every day.

She said that she wanted him to be in jail for the rest of his life and not put to death so his family would not suffer the way she has.

“I want his family to see him,” she said. “It hurts me every day for my daddy to be dead.”

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