2016 News Releases

Former Troy man sentenced to life in prison for Jessica’s Law crimes

Release Date: Jul 27, 2016

TROY – (July 27, 2016) – A former Troy man currently living in Atchison was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for more than 30 years for sex crimes against children, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Heath Umphenour, 42, was found guilty in May by a Doniphan County jury of one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of aggravated criminal sodomy, four counts of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of breach of privacy. Four of these charges fall under Jessica’s Law because the victim was under 14 years of age. The jury also acquitted Umphenour of eight other charges.

Chief Judge James A. Patton sentenced Umphenour to life in prison and an additional 68 months to be served consecutively in the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The crimes were committed between April 2011 and November 2012. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Doniphan County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant Attorney General Adam Zentner of Schmidt’s office and Charles Baskins, Doniphan County Attorney, prosecuted the case.

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