2014 News Releases

Garden City man sentenced to life in prison for Colby murder

Release Date: Oct 06, 2014

COLBY – (October 6, 2014) – A Garden City man convicted of a Colby murder was sentenced today to life in prison, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

 William Andrew Shank, 25, was sentenced in Thomas County District Court by Judge Glenn D. Schiffner to life in prison for first degree pre-meditated murder, 59 months for aggravated arson and 32 months for aggravated burglary to be served in the Kansas Department of Corrections.  All sentences will run consecutive to each other.  Costs and restitution were also ordered.

 The convictions stem from the February 2013 death of Teri L. Morris in Colby.  In July, Shank pled guilty as charged. 

 The case was investigated by the Colby Police Department, the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Fire Marshall, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant Attorneys General Jessica Domme and Nicole Romine of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.

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