MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Thirty-three year-old James McKenith will spend at least two decades behind bars after pleading guilty to the murder of John Burroughs, 68, last September. He was given a life sentence on Monday as part of a plea agreement and won't be eligible for parole for 20 years.
The Manhattan man and his mother, Christina Love, were originally charged with aiding and abetting Anthony Nichols, of Kansas City, Kan., murder Burroughs in his home.
Investigators say Love drove with her son to Burroughs' home and witnessed the stabbing. McKenith is accused of stabbing Burroughs after Nichols allegedly shot him earlier.
The Manhattan Mercury reports Nichols also is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Junction City man the same night Burroughs was killed.
Love entered into a plea agreement on Monday, pleading "no contest" to all four charges against her, according to KMAN. Prosecutors said they were set to prove she was in the car when McKenith went back to make sure Burroughs was dead.
The judge then found Love guilty and set her sentencing for June 16.