Man Gets Life in Prison For Killing of Topeka Jewelry Store Founder

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

A man convicted in the death of a Topeka jewelry store founder is headed to prison.

A Douglas County Judge Tuesday sentenced Leonard W Price, 47, to life in prison for the 2005 murder of 77-year old Clarence David Boose.

Boose and his wife founded David's Jewelers downtown in 1968.

Authorities say Price and his cousin, Allen Dale Smith, were robbing Boose's home when he surprised them and Smith shot Boose in the head.

After extensive detective work by the Sheriff's Department, it was discovered that the two had burglarized multiple homes in rural areas surrounding Shawnee County for several days before and after Boose was killed.

Mr. Boose's daughter and son both addressed the Court regarding the impact their father's murder has had on them and their families.

Smith was convicted Monday and will be sentenced in January.

Price will be statutorily eligible for parole after 20 years.


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