Wichita couple sentenced to life in prison for 2016 torture, murder

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(KWCH) -- Calling their crimes, “horrific beyond imagination” and the “depth of depravity,” District Judge Bruce Brown sentenced Jeff and Heidi Hillard to the maximum penalties for the torture and murder of Scottie Goodpaster Jr. in Valley Center.

Judge Brown gave Jeff Hillard, 51 of Valley Center, life with no parole eligibility for 50 years. For other crimes ranging from aggravated kidnapping and rape to aggravated battery, Judge Brown sentenced Hillard to 330 months to run consecutive to the Hard 50 sentence.

Hillard’s wife Heidi Hillard, 44 of Valley Center, was also sentenced to the Hard 50 with an additional 424 months.

Attorneys for both defendants say they will appeal the sentences to the Kansas Supreme Court.

Mr. Goodpaster was kidnapped two years ago today over an alleged $185 dollar debt owed for methamphetamine. The 33-year-old Goodpaster was attacked with an ax, knife and staple gun. Jumper cables were attached to his genitals. His body was found hanging from a tree in Harvey County.

Brian Bussart, 41 of Wichita, is scheduled for trial later this month in Goodpaster’s death while Alexandria Scott, 28 of Wichita, is awaiting sentencing. Bussart and Scott testified against the Hillards in their trial.

A fifth defendant, Willie Morris, was sentenced last May to the Hard 50 plus 280 months.