HILL CITY – (March 2, 2017) – A Norton man was convicted yesterday of murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Bobby Joe Tallent, 39, pleaded guilty in connection with the death of Joseph Sweet to one count of murder in the second degree intentional, two counts of attempted murder in the second degree intentional, one count of burglary, one count of felony theft and one count of felony flee and elude a law enforcement officer. A jury trial which began on February 21 in Graham County District Court had been ongoing when Tallent entered his plea yesterday. The plea was accepted by Judge Preston A. Pratt and the jury was dismissed. Sentencing has been set for May 1 at 9:30a.m. in Norton County District Court.
The crimes were committed in March 2015. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Norton Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Norton County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from other local law enforcement agencies. Assistant Attorney General Lee Davidson of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.