Topeka Man Gets More Than 2 Years in Teen Hunting Death

By: AP
By: AP

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) _ A Topeka man has been sentenced to two years and eight months in the prison in the December shooting death
of an 18-year-old hunter.

Theron Thomas Kent had asked for probation, but Lyon County District Judge Merlin Wheeler denied the request Tuesday. The judge instead gave Kent the 32-month sentence.

In June, a jury convicted 57-year-old Kent of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Beau Arndt, an Emporia State University freshman.

Prosecutors had contended that Kent fired a rifle shot into a field where Arndt and two friends had hidden next to a flock of goose decoys.

Kent said he was firing at a coyote. The shot hit and killed Arndt.

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