Kirtdoll sentenced for 2018 murder

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) --- The man convicted of murder in a 2018 killing during a Hi-Crest home invasion as well as an armed robbery that occurred the same night was sentenced to more than 46 years in prison.

In January, Erion Dijon Kirtdoll, 25, pleaded guilty to reckless second-degree murder in the death of Tyrone A. Baggett, 31, and aggravated robbery. On Thursday, he was sentenced to 453 months for the homicide and 61 months for the robbery charge, to be served consecutively.

On May 9, co-defendant Dion Jha-Dantaye Troupe, 19, pleaded no contest to intentional second-degree murder and three counts of aggravated robbery, and four other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Troupe, 19, is to be sentenced on June 27.

A third man, Eli Anthony Raymond Perry, 20, is charged with felony first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated robbery.

Two juveniles also face charges in the case.

According to preliminary hearing testimony on May 2. 2018, Kirtdoll and Perry didn’t fire the gun that fatally wounded Baggett.

During the Girard break-in, three intruders found Baggett in a back bedroom, while a fourth man watched a female resident in the living room. Baggett was wearing a holster and a .38-caliber revolver, and Kirtdoll saw him reach for the revolver, a Topeka police detective quoted Kirtdoll as saying.

Kirtdoll froze, other intruders urged him to shoot Baggett, and one of the three, Troupe, took the semiautomatic from Kirtdoll and fired the shot striking Baggett, the detective testified Kirtdoll told him.