Modern day “Bonnie and Clyde” defendant pleads guilty

A Pontotoc, Mississippi, woman who aspired to be like Bonnie Parker of “Bonnie and Clyde” fame has pleaded guilty to participating in a 2008 robbery that resulted in the murder of a truck driver at a rest stop north of Camden Point.  Dana K. Tutor, 42, was found guilty in Platte County Circuit Court on May 30 of first degree robbery and second degree murder.

The robbery and murder were the culmination of a cross-country crime spree by Tutor and her boyfriend, John Hughes.  During the spree, the two talked about getting “Bonnie and Clyde” tattoos as a tribute to the notorious outlaws.

Hughes, a gang member and the man who pulled the trigger, was previously convicted of first degree murder.  He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said, “We are pleased to finally deliver justice for the family of Valentin Kirilchuk.  There is no doubt he would be alive today if the defendant had not lured him to his death.”

Prosecutors showed Tutor approached multiple truck drivers at the rest area on I-29 north at mile marker 27 near Dearborn on September 8, 2008.  She tried to convince them to come with her into the rest stop building, where Hughes laid in wait.  She pretended that she needed money for diapers and food for a baby.

Valentin Kirilchuk, an immigrant from Ukraine, followed the defendant into the building, possibly with the intention of helping the baby who Tutor said “needed food.”  Once Kirilchuk was inside the building, Hughes robbed him, and shot him through the head. 

After the robbery and murder, Tutor, who by her own admission was highly intoxicated, drove the getaway car away from the murder scene.  A witness in the car described Tutor laughing about the fact that Hughes had killed a man.

Hours later, Hughes was arrested in York, Nebraska, by a Nebraska State Trooper for a traffic violation and driving under the influence.  Inside the vehicle, troopers found the murder weapon, ammunition, and property belonging to another murder victim from Ohio.

Tutor’s fingerprints were found on the window of Kirilchuk’s truck.  She was also a potential contributor to DNA that was recovered from the passenger side mirror of Kirilchuk’s truck and the murder weapon. 

Zahnd said, “This defendant wanted to be like Bonnie and Clyde, and she was.  Just like Bonnie and Clyde, she and her boyfriend John Hughes are robbers and murderers.”

Pursuant to a plea agreement, the defendant faces up to 20 years in prison for her crimes.  She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27 at 10:00 a.m.

The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  It was personally prosecuted by Zahnd and assistant prosecuting attorneys Mark Gibson, Myles Perry, Chris Seufert.

A photo of Tutor is above.  If you need additional information, please contact Tanya Faherty, our office’s media liaison.

Eric G. Zahnd
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney
415 Third Street, Suite 60
Platte City, Missouri 64079
(816) 858-3476
(816) 858-3472 (fax)

Free Fishing Day - June 10

Learn to fish at a free fishing clinic in partnership with conservation officials at Platte Ridge Park. No fishing license required; all equipment and bait provided.

Tour De Platte - May 20

Tour De Platte - May 20

registration for the 2017 Tour de Platte is now open.  The Tour de Platte is a free bicycle ride designed for bikers of all levels to cycle through the trails, parks, and back roads of Platte County.  The Tour will begin at 8:00 am at E.H. Young Park in Riverside, MO.  (1001 Argosy Pkwy, Riverside, MO 64150).

County Offices Closing Early Friday, January 13

The Platte County Commission is advising that due to expected deteriorating weather and road conditions the county administrative offices will be closing at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 13th.

Tax Season Is Here

Sheila L. Palmer

Platte County Collector of Revenue
Phone: 816-858-3356
Fax: 1- 816-858-3357

Administration Building
415 Third Street, Room 212
Platte City, MO 64079

                  Sheila Palmer:  816-858-3355

Date:  November 9, 2016  
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 Tax Season is Here


Sheila Palmer, Platte County Collector, announced today that Platte County Taxpayers should receive their tax statements in the mail this week.


“For your convenience, you may pay your taxes in person, by mail, online or over the phone with the phone number provided on your statement. There is also a 24 hour drop box located outside the Platte County Government Complex entrance located on Third Street in Platte City,” Palmer stated.


If you have any questions, please contact the collector’s office at 816-858-3356 or refer to our website at




Prison escapee gets 20 years for high-speed chase and shots fired at officers

The prison escapee who led police on a high-speed chase while another escapee fired shots at four law enforcement officers has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Allen Hurst, 34, received the sentence on November 3 following his guilty plea that same day.

 Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said, “The good news is that no police officers were injured in apprehending these two dangerous escaped inmates.  But anyone who breaks out of prison, steals a truck, and then shoots at law enforcement officers deserves to go back to prison for a long time.”

 Hurst admitted that he and a co-defendant, Scott A. Gilbert, 52, escaped from the Lansing, KS Correctional Facility on May 10, 2013.  They stole a black 1997 GMC pickup from a worker in Leavenworth and drove to Platte County.  The truck was located via the victim’s iPhone using GPS technology.

 A Platte City officer attempted to pull over the vehicle after it left a Platte City McDonald’s, but Hurst, who was driving the vehicle, refused to stop.  Instead, Hurst led several law enforcement officers on a pursuit heading northbound on I-29 with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

 The chase later traveled through several rural highways in Platte County.  During the pursuit, Gilbert, the passenger, fired a shotgun multiple times and struck the vehicles of four different law enforcement officers. 

 Hurst and Gilbert eventually made it to rural Clinton County, where they entered and barricaded themselves in an unoccupied residence.  Officers from multiple departments, including a tactical team, surrounded the house, and the pair eventually surrendered. 

 Zahnd said, “While this defendant never put his hands on the gun fired at law enforcement officers, he must be held responsible for his role as an accomplice in those assaults.  The sentences handed down today are just, and he will soon be returned to Kansas to face additional charges related to his escape.”

 Platte County Circuit Judge Thomas Fincham imposed 20 year sentences on each of four counts of assault of a law enforcement officer and 20 years on each of four counts of armed criminal action.  Fincham also sentenced Hurst to seven years in prison for tampering with a motor vehicle and four years in prison for resisting arrest.  Fincham ordered all the sentences to run concurrently.

 Scott Gilbert, the shooter during the high-speed chase, was convicted on these counts following a two-week jury trial that occurred in November 2015.  Platte County Judge Ann Hansbrough sentenced Gilbert to 128 years in prison.

 The case was investigated by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the Platte City Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department, the Cameron Police Department, and the Trimble Police Department. 

 The case was handled by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mark Gibson and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Blake Sherer.

 A photo of Hurst is above.  If you need more information, please contact our office’s media liaison, Tanya Faherty.

 Eric G. Zahnd
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney
415 Third Street, Suite 60
Platte City, Missouri 64079
(816) 858-3476

(816) 858-3472 (fax)