A 25-year-old Kansas City man was sentenced Friday to 23 years in prison
for the 2010 killings of two brothers whose bodies were found in an abandoned shopping cart.
Loyal R. Hayes was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court, where he pleaded guilty in May to charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the deaths of Joseph Hooker, 21, and John Hooker, 19.
The bodies of the brothers, wrapped in plastic trash bags and duct tape
, were discovered in May 2010 in a vacant lot near 45th Street and Askew Avenue.
Police investigators followed a trail of blood back to a nearby residence in the 4500 block of Monroe Avenue where a relative of Hayes lived. Inside they found similar trash bags and duct tape, shell casings and blood.
Lonell Hayes, the brother of Loyal Hayes, was previously sentenced to three years of probation for burning a car that belonged to one of the victims.