ksal.com

Salina, KS

Now: 91 °F

Currently: Partly Cloudy

Hi: 90 °F | Lo: 68 °F

Monday

Hi: 75 °F 

Lo: 56 °F

Tuesday

Hi: 67 °F 

Lo: 54 °F

Wednesday

Hi: 74 °F 

Lo: 54 °F

Thursday

Hi: 77 °F 

Lo: 55 °F

Friday

Hi: 76 °F 

Lo: 48 °F

Careers at SRHC
Fe for a cure

Kansas to Increase Sentences For Some Murders

Associated Press - May 14, 2014 6:30 pm

The last of five defendants in the death of a Pittsburg State University student has been sentenced.

Kansas is doubling the presumed prison sentence for premeditated first-degree murder to life with no chance of parole for at least 50 years.

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that he signed a bill this week to make the so-called “Hard 50” the presumed sentence for premeditated first-degree murder. The provision will apply to killings committed after June.

The new law will allow judges to decide whether a more lenient sentence than the “Hard 50” is warranted in first-degree murder cases.

Currently, prosecutors can seek a “Hard 50” sentence, but it can only be imposed by juries after weighing factors presented during a trial.

The new law also sets a minimum 25-year prison sentence for defendants convicted of attempted capital murder or committing murder during another felony.