Kansas Supreme Court: Convicted Killer Needs Resentencing
staff - April 2, 2016 6:10 am
A southern Kansas man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually attacked a mother of four before fatally setting her on fire.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing for a man initially ordered to spend a half century in prison for a 2011 killing involving mistaken identity.
The state’s high court made the ruling Friday while upholding Charles Christopher Logsdon’s conviction.
Prosecutors contend Logsdon and at least one other man meant to rob a woman of drugs and money but drove to the wrong home and shot Jennifer Heckel while her 5-year-old son was in the house. The boy wasn’t injured.
Logsdon originally was sentenced by a judge to the “Hard 50,” meaning he would have to serve a half century before becoming eligible for parole.
The Supreme Court ordered the resentencing because a jury must determine if a “Hard 50” should be imposed, not a judge.