Guilty Verdict in Slaying of Kansas Farmer

By: AP/13 News
By: AP/13 News

PORTIS, Kan. - Jurors found a Salina man guilty in the 2008 slaying of a farmer in north-central Kansas.

An Osborne County jury convicted Kenneth Wilson on Tuesday of the shooting death of farmer Jeffrey Scott Noel.

Prosecutors say Wilson will be sentenced June 23 on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, burglary of a residence and criminal possession of a firearm.

Noel was killed with his own gun during a March 2008 burglary at his home near Portis. His cell phone and $50 were stolen.

Prosecutors say Wilson was linked to the killing through DNA evidence found on a cigarette at the scene.

Attorney General Stephen Six prosecuted the case.

“My heart goes out to the family of Scott Noel,” Six said. “I am committed to providing families in all corners of our state the best quality criminal prosecution available.”

Six is the first sitting Kansas Attorney General in 34 years to personally prosecute a criminal case.

“It is important for me to lead by example and be in the court room —whether that’s prosecuting a murder case or arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court,” Six said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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