Foster sentenced for July 2018 murder

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The man who was convicted of murder in a 2018 shooting was sentenced Friday to more than 17 years behind bars.

In April, a jury convicted Tony Lee Foster, 33, of second-degree murder in the killing of David Payne as well as criminal possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 205 months for the former charge and eight months for the latter, to be served consecutively.

Foster shot and killed David Payne in July 2018 at a home in the 900 block of NE Madison. During the trial, his live-in girlfriend at the time, Shannon Allison, testified Foster was trying to unload a handgun when it fired and a bullet struck Payne. Allison said there was no bad blood between them.

Shawnee Co. Deputy District Attorney Brett Watson had told jurors that Foster was "particularly protective" of Shannon Allison.

Witnesses were helping Payne when officers arrived, but Foster had fled the scene. He was arrested the next day.