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Two men sentenced the murder of a Pittsburg man

Fourth suspect charged in death of a Pittsburg man receives 10 years

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Nathan Whitney Nathan Whitney
Oscar DeLeon Oscar DeLeon
Randu Rivera Randu Rivera
Rickey Ramone Smith Rickey Ramone Smith
Updated March 7, 2014:  The fourth and final suspect charged in the death of a Pittsburg man two years ago is sentenced to prison.On Thursday a judge handed down a 10-year sentence for second degree murder to Nathan Whitney, 29 of Joplin, Missouri.

Whitney and three other men were involved in a botched robbery attempt at a Pittsburg home in October 2011.  Ryan Bailey, 21,was shot in the head, murdered in front of his wife and children.

Three other men, all from Joplin, have plead guilty to second degree murder and other charges, and received longer sentences than Whitney.

Whitney's 10-year term will run consecutively to a sentence he is serving in Missouri for receiving stolen property.

He will also be on parole for three years after serving his sentence and must register as a violent offender.




Updated June 4, 2012:  The court hears from the victim's widow as two Joplin men are sentenced for the murder of a Pittsburg man.

The crime occurred at a home in the 100 block of West 20th Street in Pittsburg in October 2011.

Ryan Bailey, 21, was shot in the head, murdered in front of his wife and children.

Randu Rivera and Oscar Deleon plead guilty to second degree intentional murder in the case; and, a judge this afternoon sentenced them each to a little more than 14 years in prison.

Bailey's widow,  Brandy Bailey, testified at today's sentencing hearing.  She said her husband had tried to end his involvement in gang activity and said "my love, my partner, my best friend, my teacher is gone".

Another suspect, Ricky Smith of Joplin, has already been sentenced to 27 years for his involvement in the crime.

A fourth Joplin man, Nathan Whitney, is awaiting trial.

Updated April 6, 2012:  Three of the four men charged in the death of a 21 year old Pittsburg resident have now admitted to the crime.

Randu Rivera and Oscar Deleon have pled guilty to the second degree intentional murder of Ryan Bailey in October 2011.

Previously, Rickey Smith plead guilty to second degree intentional murder.

The fourth man, Nathan Whitney, was taken into custody just last month and is awaiting extradition from Columbia, Missouri.

Updated March 14, 2012:  A suspect in the murder of a Pittsburg man is behind bars.

Nathan Whitney was taken into custody Tuesday night in Columbia, Missouri according to KOMU-TV.

Whitney and three others are suspected in the October 2011 death of Ryan Bailey, 21.

Randu Rivera and Oscar Deleon of Joplin have both plead not guilty to first-degree murder.

Rickey Smith has plead guilty to second degree intentional murder and faces a sentence of 27 years in prison.

Updated February 10, 2012:  A plea deal could land a Joplin man 27 years behind bars for his role in a Pittsburg murder.

Randu Rivera and Oscar Deleon of Joplin both plead not guilty yesterday to first-degree murder.

The incident happened this past October at a home on West 20th Street.

That's where authorities say Ryan Bailey of Pittsburg was shot and killed.

During Deleon's preliminary hearing yesterday a third man charged, Rickey Smith, testified on the events of that night.

In return for his cooperation Smith agreed to plead guilty to second-degree intentional murder, with a sentence of 27 years in prison.

A fourth suspect, Nathan Whitney, also of Joplin, has been charged in the case but is still at large.

Deleon and Rivera are scheduled to go to trial in April.

Updated October 25, 2011:  Prosecutors drop previous charges in Jasper County pushing three men closer to a murder trial in Kansas.

Randu Rivera, Oscar Deleon and Ricky Smith are all charged with first degree murder for the death of Ryan Bailey, 21, who was shot in the head in his Pittsburg home earlier this month.

Rivera is held on $1 million bond while Deleon and Smith are both held without bond.

All three appeared in Crawford County court Monday with a preliminary hearing now set for January.

The three suspects had pending charges against them in Jasper County, Missouri preventing extradition to Crawford County.

But prosecutors agreed to drop those charges so that the murder trial could begin immediately.

Authorities are still looking for a fourth suspect: Nathan Whitney, age 27.

Updated October 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM CST:  A man charged in the murder of a Pittsburg man remains in a Jasper County jail.

Oscar DeLeon, Jr., 18, and three other men are charged with the death of Ryan Bailey, 21, of Pittsburg.

In an afternoon court appearance today DeLeon waived his extradition hearing.  However, he remains in the Jasper County jail due to a previous drug charge.

Updated October 20 2011 at 12:40 PM CST:  Two men charged in a Pittsburg murder will have to wait to be extradited back to Crawford County to face charges.

Police say Ryan Bailey, 21, was shot in the head at his Pittsburg home on October 6.  Three of the four suspects are in custody.  Authorities continue to search for the fourth suspect.

Rickey Smith, 22, appeared in Jasper County court for his extradition hearing this morning.  The judge ordered a delay on his transfer until a felony drug charge that Smith faces in Jasper County can be dealt with first.

Smith will return to court in November along with Randu Rivera, 18, a second suspect in the murder who also has a pending felony drug charge in Jasper County.

Rivera, Smith and Oscar DeLeon, Jr., 18, have all been charged with first degree murder in Crawford County.

DeLeon's extradition from Joplin to Pittsburg is scheduled for this afternoon.

A fourth suspect, Nathan Whitney, 27, is still on the run.  The Pittsburg Police Department is asking for any information on his whereabouts.

Updated October 14:  Pittsburg Police Department is asking for your help as they continue to search for a murder suspect.

A warrant is out for Nathan Whitney, 27 of Joplin, on first degree murder charges.

It's in connection with the murder of Ryan Bailey, 21, that occurred last Thursday in Pittsburg.

Authorities believe Whitney is still in the Four State area and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who calls the police with information can remain anonymous.

Yesterday police arrested three other suspects.  They are Ricky Smith, 22; Randu Rivera, 18; and, Oscar DeLeon, 18, all from Joplin.

Updated October 13:  Three people have been arrested in connection with a murder that took place last week in Pittsburg, and they are searching for a fourth suspect.

Ryan Bailey, 21, was killed with a single gunshot wound at his home on West 20th Street.  His wife and kids were at the home at the time.

Now, Pittsburg police say three people are in custody for first degree murder charges at the Joplin Police Department Jail:

  • Rickey Ramone Smith, 22, of Joplin
  • Oscar DeLeon, 18, of Joplin
  • Randu Rivera, 18, of Joplin
A fourth warrant has been issued for Nathan Whitney, 27, also of Joplin.  Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Whitney please call the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 417-782-TIPZ or visit http://www.HeartlandTipz.com.

Updated October 7 at 6:10 PM CST:  Southeast Kansas authorities search for a man wanted for murder.  The shooting took place last night leaving a Pittsburg man dead.

The Pittsburg Police Department say preliminary autopsy results show Ryan Bailey, 21, was killed with a single gunshot.  Police say they believe this was an isolated case, but Bailey's killer is still on the loose.

Bailey was at his home at 122 West 20th Street with his wife and two kids when he was shot to death by an intruder.

According to police an unknown man entered the home through the back door.  He then confronted Bailey, shot him, and fled the scene.

"The initial officer responding was able to find a pulse on the victim, however, he did die on scene before we were able to treat and transfer," says Sgt. Tim Tompkins of the Pittsburg Police Department.  "Any time you're dealing with a violent crime of this nature where a shooting is involved and someone, and we have yet to locate a suspect, absolutely, it's a concern."

Resident John Tidwell III heard emergency sirens but didn't think he'd be walking outside to witness a murder scene.

"I thought that's pretty crazy," Tidwell says.  "I mean it was close to home, you know.  It's kind of scary.  We've never really had any murders in this area.  It's a pretty quiet neighborhood.  There's no noise disturbances, you know.  I don't think the police get called to this area very often."

It is a rare occurrence, one that police say they hope to get to the bottom of.

"Any community you hope you're immune from violent crime and certainly we work diligently in our community to make everybody feel safe and have a positive environment, unfortunately violent crime can find a way into any community and when it happens it's a shock," says Sgt. Tompkins.

Police have not yet determined a motive in this shooting, but say it appears a robbery did not take place.  They are continuing their investigation along with the Crawford County Sheriff's Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in hopes of identifying a suspect.

Updated October 7 at 12:50 PM CST:   Authorities release the name of a Pittsburg man murdered in his own home last night.

Pittsburg police are still looking for the man who shot and killed 21-year-old Ryan Bailey at a home in the 100 block of West 20th Street.

It happened just after nine o'clock.

Police say Bailey was at home with his wife and two kids when the suspect entered the home, confronted Bailey, and shot at the victim before running from the home.

The Crawford County sheriff and the KBI are assisting in the investigation.

Reported October 7, 2011 at 7:56 AM CST:  Authorities were called to a shooting at Pittsburg home in the 100 block of West 20th Street about 9:15 PM Thursday.

When our crews arrived on scene shortly after we found about a half dozen police and sheriff's cars surrounding this house at 122 West 20th.  An ambulance was also there.

Authorities put up police tape around the scene.

Neighbors tell us a body was taken out of the home.

Police have confirmed it was a shooting but are not saying much more.

No official word on whether authorities have located and arrested the suspect.

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