Salina Man Gets 'Hard 50' For Killing Farmer

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

PORTIS, Kan. (AP) _ A Salina man has been given the ``Hard 50''
prison sentence for killing a north-central Kansas farmer with his
own gun.

Kenneth Eugene Wilson was convicted last month of first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, burglary of a residence and criminal
possession of a firearm in the March 2008 slaying of Jeffrey Scott
Noel at his home near Portis.

In addition to the Hard 50, which is the state's stiffest sentence short of capital punishment for murder, Wilson was sentenced to nearly 13 years more for the other crimes. The sentences are to run consecutively.

Attorney General Steve Six prosecuted the case. Through testimony from family members, neighbors and law enforcement, the state proved that Wilson burglarized Noel's home in Osborne County, took the victim's cell phone and $50, and fatally shot him with victim's own gun. The prosecution also presented DNA evidence matching the defendant found on a cigarette in the victim's home.

"Kenneth Wilson is a hardened criminal who took Scott Noel’s life and left his family without a dad, husband, friend and partner,” Six said in a statement. "My heart goes out to the family of Scott Noel. I am committed to providing families in all corners of our state the best quality criminal prosecution available."

Six' office says it's the first time in 34 years a sitting Kansas AG has personally prosecuted a murder case.

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