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Kansas Man Gets Life In Prison For Soldier’s Death

Associated Press - December 13, 2013 8:18 am

The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed the "Hard 50" murder sentence of a Wichita man but refused to rule whether changes made by legislators to the law in 2013 can be applied.

The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed the "Hard 50" murder sentence of a Wichita man but refused to rule whether changes made by legislators to the law in 2013 can be applied.

A Manhattan man was sentenced to life in prison for killing a Fort Riley soldier and injuring four others outside an apartment complex.

Forty-three-year-old Matthew Wilson was sentenced Thursday to life plus a consecutive sentence of nearly 26 years in prison. He pleaded no contest in October to first-degree murder and other charges in the April shooting that killed 23-year-old Michael Lowery and injured four others as they were leaving a party.

Prosecutors say Wilson lived in the apartment complex and told a witness he was tired of the partying at the complex.

Wilson tearfully apologized to the victims and their families before he was sentenced. He said he suffered from mental illness and alcoholism and didn’t know why he shot the victims.

Associated Press Information from: The Manhattan Mercury

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