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Harper County man sentenced to life in prison for murder

Release Date: Jun 05, 2015

KINGMAN – (June 5, 2015) – A Harper County man today was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 20 years for first-degree felony murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

 Jeffrey Charles Hartpence, 36, was sentenced in Kingman County District Court by Judge Larry T. Solomon. In addition to the life sentence, Hartpence was sentenced to lifetime parole with electronic monitoring.  Hartpence pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in March in the death of Curtis Shelton. The crime occurred in February 2014 in Kingman County.

 A second defendant, Dean Cowles, was found guilty by a Kingman County jury in May of second-degree intentional murder in connection with this crime. Cowles sentencing is scheduled for June 15 at 1:30 p.m.

 The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kingman County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant Attorneys General Amy Hanley and Lyndzie Carter of Schmidt’s office and Matt Ricke, Kingman County Attorney, prosecuted the case.

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