Plea deal entered in southeast Kansas fatal drive-by shooting

Plea Deal Entered In Southeast Kansas Fatal Drive By Shooting
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INDEPENDENCE, Kan. – Benjamin Mason II takes a plea deal for killing Kimberly Meeks in a drive-by shooting.

As part of today’s plea deal in a Montgomery County court, a judge will sentence Mason for first-degree murder only. Prosecutors dropped all other charges, including an attempted murder charge.

The court scheduled his sentencing for February 15, 2022.

2019 Drive-by Shooting

The drive-by shooting happened on December 14, 2019, in Independence, Kansas. Around 6:00 pm, police responded to the area of Laurel and West Main Streets for reported gunshots. When officers got there, they found Kimberly D. Meeks, 19, of Coffeyville, with a gunshot wound. She died at the scene.

Authorities learned that Meeks and another male, Benjamin Ryan Whitaker, were walking in the area when shots were fired at them from a vehicle, according to court documents. Police say Whitaker ran from the area.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigations said Benjamin Mason II was arrested at his home in Coffeyville. Authorities booked Mason into the Montgomery County Jail.


Prosecutors in the District Court of Montgomery County filed the following charges originally against Mason.

  • Murder in the 1st degree; Intentional and premeditated
  • Attempted murder in the 1st degree; Intentional and premeditated
  • Attempted distribute hallucinogenic or marijuana; Unknown quantity
  • Attempted poss of para w/intent to manufacture/plant/cultivate contr subs
  • Use communication facility; In the commission of a felony drug violation

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