Drug Maker Gets 13 Years in Conspiracy Case Where Sheriff Was Killed

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A southeast Kansas man draws a 13-year prison term for his role in a drug conspiracy at a house where a sheriff was shot and killed.

Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels died in January of 2005 while trying to serve a warrant at the house in rural Hilltop.

Scott Cheever is awaiting trial on charges of shooting Samuels as he started to go upstairs where a meth lab was located. Several others were also charged with drug crimes and other offenses in the case.

In court today, U-S District Judge Monti Belot imposed the 13-year sentence on 37-year-old Billy Nowell, of Bronson. Nowell had pleaded guilty to conspiring to make meth and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.