Whiteman airman sentenced for manslaughter

Democrat Staff


Democrat Staff


WARRENSBURG — A man arrested in mid-May for the fatal shooting of a Whiteman Air Force Base senior airman was sentenced Monday afternoon.

According to Case.net, a sentencing hearing took place Monday at the Johnson County Courthouse for Dominic Sacco, 22, of Knob Noster, a Whiteman airman first class. He entered a guilty plea Sept. 28 for the charge of first degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of fellow airman John J. Bottom, 22; earlier this year he entered a plea of not guilty. He was sentenced to four years in the Missouri Department of corrections, effective immediately.

Both Sacco and Bottom were assigned to the 509th Security Forces Squadron.

According to a release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a 911 call at 4:40 a.m. Saturday, May 9 from a county residence reporting a shooting incident where an occupant of the residence had been shot and was requesting an ambulance. Court documents state the residence is located in the 100 block of SE 421 in Warrensburg.

According to court documents, Deputy Trent Neal found Bottom in the residence with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim had been at the residence with Sacco and two other friends, also Whiteman airmen. Neal interviewed one of the other friends, who explained Sacco and himself had been looking at their handguns, and that all four friends had been drinking alcohol that night.

“(The friend) advised Dominic chambered a round in a Glock 19 9mm handgun pointed it at John and shot one time, which hit John in the right side of the head,” court documents state.

According to the sheriff’s release, Bottom was taken to a Kansas City hospital in critical condition, and WAFB issued a release Sunday, May 10 confirming Bottom had died from his injuries at the hospital.

Sacco was originally arrested on charges of second degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

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