Pittsburg Man Guilty for Fire Killing 2 PSU Students

GIRARD, Kan. (AP) _ A 37-year-old has been sentenced to two life terms for murder in an arson fire that killed two Pittsburg State University students three years ago.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office said the sentences imposed on Andrew Morris Wednesday will run consecutively. Spokeswoman Ashley Anstaett said the Pittsburg man was also given a 66-month sentence on one felony count of aggravated arson.

She said Morris would be eligible for parole in 40 years.

In December 2008, Morris pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the deaths of 21-year-old Stephen Hayes of Peculiar, Mo., and 23-year-old Waylon Boots of Colony. They were roommates and graduates of the two-year electrician program at PSU. A Lenexa, Kan., man escaped.

Police said Morris started the fire to in a bizarre plot to obtain a sofa that was on the back porch of the home.


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