Man Who Killed Local Restaurant Owner Sentenced to 50 Years

A 47-year-old Wichita man who pleaded guilty to killing a popular local restaurant owner earlier this year has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole for 50 years.

The Wichita Eagle reports Curtis Mitchell pleaded guilty less than two weeks after his June 4 arrest in the death of 45-year-old Tanya Tandoc. He was sentenced Thursday.

Mitchell told police he struck Tandoc with his fists and attacked her when she came home June 3.

Mitchell, a local musician who lived in Tandoc’s basement, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder the week after her death. He pleaded guilty against the advice of his defense attorney and asked to be scheduled for sentencing as soon as possible.

Tandoc owned and operated Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.