McConnell was arrested on September 29, 2014 following the death of a child identified as five month old “AKM” in the in the case’s criminal affidavit.
The document said that McConnell’s wife Angela had left the child with Alexander on the 8th of February for a short period of time, and when she return the child was not breathing. The infant was taken to Mercy Regional Hospital in Manhattan, and then to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO where “AKM” was pronounced dead at a around 8 p.m. that day.
During the autopsy, the medical examiner found the child had experienced previous substantial bleeding in the skull, as well as injuries to it’s neck, head, and ribs. Injuries included bleeding on the brain, neck and spine fractures, abrasions, bleeding in the eyes, bleeding and bruising on the heart and lungs, 5 new rib fractures and 9 previous rib fractures among other injuries.
On May 4, 2015, McConnell plead guilty to one count of murder in the 2nd degree for the death of “AKM”, one count abuse of a child on the 8th of February, 2014, and one count of abuse of a child from December 29, 2013 to February 6th, 2014.
Before Judge Wilson gave his sentencing he asked McConnell if he had anything to say to the court. McConnell responded, “I want to forgive everyone who took part in my century, and I wish them all the happiness in the world.”
During the prosecution’s turn to speak to Judge Wilson, Lewison reiterated the infant was only 5 months old, and was innocent. She continued, saying that though they didn’t order a victim impact statement, “AKM” was loved by her family members and would be sorely missed.
McConnell was sentenced to 123 months for the charge of second degree murder and 34 months for each of 2 the charges of child abuse for a total of 191 months with the Department of Corrections. All charges will run consecutive, with a total of 84 months of post release monitoring. McConnell will also have to register as an offender upon his release.