Woman Sentenced In Shooting Near Topeka School; Osage County Sex Offender Appears In Court

By: AP, 13 News (Posted by Sarah Plake)
By: AP, 13 News (Posted by Sarah Plake)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP, WIBW) _ A 23-year-old woman involved in a fatal shooting near a Topeka high school has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Samantha Dawn Carroll was drove the car used by four people charged in October 2010 shooting death of 20-year-old Matthew C. Mitchell. A 17-year-old was wounded in the shooting during a drug deal near Topeka West High School.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Carroll will receive credit for the two years she has been incarcerated since she was charged in the case.

She pleaded guilty in October 2011 to conspiracy to commit felony first-degree murder and no contest to aggravated intimidation of a witness.

Carroll's appointed attorney filed an exceptional case motion to receive more compensation than the established amount. A judge will rule on that at a later date.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal


In Osage County, 18-year-old Caleb Flowers went before a judge on charges he sexually abused a minor.

A judge granted a request to lower Flowers' bond from $150,000 to $125,000.

He is charged with aggravated indecent liberties and aggravated criminal sodomy with a child under 14 years of age, and aggravated indecent liberties with a 14 to 16-year-old.

If he is convicted, he will receive an automatic 25 years in prison under Jessica's Law.

Flowers is scheduled to return to court April 25 for a status hearing.

Kansas enacted Jessica's Law in 2006. It requires harsher penalties for sex offenders. First-time offenders receive an automatic 25 years, second-time offenders receive 40 years and third-time offenders spend life in prison without parole.

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