LIBERTY — Marcus Simms, 36, was sentenced Thursday, Dec. 5, to life in prison for the 2014 murder of his girlfriend Michelle Boldridge in Clay County.

At around 7 a.m. April 30, 2014, Kansas City police responded to calls of a nude man running around an apartment complex off North Hickory Street in Kansas City North.

Evidence found at the location identified the man as Simms. Officers went to his home and found Boldridge's body.

"At approximately 7:15 a.m. that same morning, Simms — still nude — appeared a the Liberty Public Schools Bus Barn on Highway 291 where he appropriated a minivan," Criminal Services Coordinator James Roberts said. 

No students were at the bus barn during Simms' jaunt through the property, Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White said.

"Shortly after the minivan was stolen, Parkville police officers responded to an accident involving a minivan running off the road where they found Simms — still commando — and took him into custody," Roberts said.

DNA was found with Simms and Simms' DNA was found in the minivan, a press release states. 

"This is one of the most bizarre cases I've seen," White said. "To murder a loved one ... then strip naked and steal a minivan? Very weird."

Simms was sentenced to life in prison without parole for Boldridge's death in addition to 100 years for armed criminal action and seven years for tampering with a motor vehicle he stole, the prosecutor added.

The sentence followed a three-day trial that ended Oct. 23.

Clay County Circuit Court Judge Janet L. Sutton ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at sean.roberts@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.​

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