Each of three Topeka teens accused in the fatal shooting Saturday of Edward D. Lees, 29, Lawrence, faces the possibility of life imprisonment, authorities said today.
Abraham M. Orr, 17, has been charged in adult court with felony murder and attempted robbery.
Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells said felony murder, which is defined as a killing committed in the act of another crime, carries the same penalty as first-degree murder.
Under sentencing guidelines that went into effect on July 1, felony and first-degree murder are off-grid crimes and carry mandatory life imprisonment sentences. Inmates sentenced to life imprisonment are not eligible for parole for at least 15 years.
Courtney L. Crockett and James R. Wadley, both 17, have been named on juvenile complaints containing the offenses of felony murder and attempted robbery. If a state motion to charge the two as adults is granted, and if the two were convicted as charged, they would be sentenced to life imprisonment.
If Crockett and Wadley were adjudicated of felony murder in juvenile court, the stiffest penalty they would face is being ordered to the custody of the Youth Center at Topeka until their 21st birthday.