A 41-year-old Independence man who fatally shot a young mother during a 2016 road rage confrontation has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Christopher Taylor was sentenced Friday to 17 years in prison for the death of 22-year-old Whitney Gray of Independence. Taylor was found guilty in June of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

The Kansas City Star reports Gray was driving with her two young children and a 16-year-old passenger when an SUV almost hit her van while passing.

Witnesses told police someone in the van appeared to throw a drink or some type of liquid at the SUV. Witnesses heard a gunshot and the SUV drove away.

Gray was fatally shot in the upper chest. The children were not injured.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office