GREAT BEND – (November
13, 2020) – A Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison without the
possibility of parole for 100 years in connection with the July 2018 deaths of
Alfred “Sonny” Carpenter and Pauline Carpenter, both of Wichita, Kansas
Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Rusty Lee Frasier,
37, of Aransas Pass, Texas, was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Barton County
District Court by District Court Judge Mike Keeley. Frasier was sentenced to
life without the possibility of parole for 50 years on each of two counts of
first-degree murder. The sentences are to run consecutively.
Judge Keeley also sentenced
Christine M. Tenney, 40, of La Marque, Texas, to 59 months in prison for
aggravated robbery and eight months for obstructing apprehension for her role
in the deaths. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Michael Fowler, Jr., 56, of Sarasota,
Florida, was previously sentenced by Judge Keeley to life in prison without the
possibility of parole for 100 years in connection with the Carpenters’ deaths.
The cases were
investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation; Great Bend Police Department;
Van Buren, Arkansas Police Department; and the Crawford County, Arkansas,
Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Attorney General Vic Braden and Assistant Attorney
General Jessica Domme of Schmidt’s office are prosecuting the cases.
Related charges against one additional
defendant remain pending. Charges are merely accusations; defendants are
presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.