Kansas Man Convicted Of Shooting Sheriff's Deputy

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) -- A 41-year-old man has been convicted of attempted second-degree murder in the Labor Day shooting of a south-central Kansas sheriff's deputy.

KAKE-TV reports the Butler County jury that convicted Jan Tracy Kilbourne on Thursday went with the lesser charge instead of the alternative count of attempted capital murder.

Kilbourne was arrested in Wichita four days after Butler County Deputy Jacob Lawrence was shot in the shoulder by a passenger in a car he had stopped in Augusta, about 16 miles east of Wichita.

The deputy was wearing a protective vest but suffered severe bruising.

Kilbourne, who has a long criminal record, testified Wednesday he only intended to ``spook'' the deputy when he fired a shot.

Sentencing will take place in February.

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