2015 News Releases

Barton County man sentenced to ‘Hard 25’ for murder

Release Date: Apr 09, 2015

GREAT BEND – (April 9, 2015) – A Barton County man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

 Jeffrey Wade Chapman, 33, Pawnee Rock, was found guilty in February by a Barton County jury of first-degree premeditated murder. District Court Judge Ron Svaty today sentenced Chapman to life in the Kansas Department of Corrections without eligibility for parole for 25 years.

 Chapman was charged with the crime in connection with the November 2011 death of Damon L. Galyardt of Great Bend.

 The case was investigated by Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorney General Steven A. Karrer of Schmidt’s office and Amy J. Mellor, Assistant Barton County Attorney, prosecuted the case.

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