2012 News Releases

Two Elk County residents sentenced for homicide

Release Date: Jul 23, 2012

Amber BrightHOWARD – (July 23, 2012) – Two Elk County residents were each sentenced today to at least 15 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to second-degree murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Amber Bright, 29, of Oak Valley, was sentenced to 203 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. She pleaded guilty in June to the second-degree murder charge in the 2011 death of Gordon Scott Smith.

Kansas Sundown CampbellKansas Sundown Campbell, 28, also of Oak Valley, was sentenced to 165 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections for his part in the murder. Campbell was also sentenced to a consecutive 15-month term for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He pleaded guilty to the charges in May.

In addition to the prison time, each defendant was ordered to pay restitution of $2,045. Judge David A. Ricke handed down the sentences in Elk County District Court.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Lee Davidson of Schmidt’s office. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the sheriffs’ offices of Elk, Wilson and Montgomery counties investigated the crime.

Photos courtesy of Elk County Sheriff’s Office.

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