SALINA, Kan. (AP)-- A Kansas judge has sentenced a Salina man to life in prison for killing a 27-year-old woman whose beaten body was found in a ravine off Interstate 135.
The Salina Journal reports a judge on Wednesday rejected 33-year-old Dane DeWeese's request for a new trial in the April 2013 death of Kristin Tyler.
DeWeese was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy in April after a two-week trial. He must serve at least 25 years of the life sentence and nearly 11 years for the conspiracy charge before being eligible for parole.
A second man, Joel Heil, pleaded guilty in April to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years. DeWeese's girlfriend, Megan Wells, was sentenced to probation for helping DeWeese escape arrest.
Posted by Greg Palmer