2013 News Releases

Fort Scott man found guilty of murder, aggravated arson

Release Date: Sep 18, 2013

FORT SCOTT – (September, 18, 2013) – A Bourbon County jury today found Brent Bollinger, 26, of Fort Scott, guilty of felony  murder, aggravated arson and aggravated child endangerment after a two-week trial, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Bollinger was charged with the crimes in the 2011 death of his wife, injuries to his son and the burning of the family’s home near Fort Scott.  Judge Mark A. Ward presided over the trial and scheduled sentencing for November 22 at 9 a.m.

The case was investigated by the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Scott Police Department, Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office and Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorneys General Kristiane Bryant and Steve Karrer of Schmidt’s office and Bourbon County Attorney Terri Johnson prosecuted the case.  

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