Shooter maintains death was accident
Shortly before he was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison, Steven Kent Bloom denied responsibility for the October 1998 shooting death of his former girlfriend.
Bloom, 53, continued to insist that the shooting of Deanna F. Porter, 40, was an accident that occurred during a night of drinking and drug-taking.
A jury in June convicted Bloom of intentional second-degree murder for the death of Porter, who was shot once in the head on Oct. 14, 1998, at her southeast Topeka home.
Shawnee County District Judge Charles Andrews sentenced Bloom Friday to life in prison with his first eligibility for parole coming after a minimum of 10 years.
Bloom testified that the shooting occurred after he and Porter drank beer, mixed gin drinks and smoked cocaine. Bloom said he refused Porter's demands for $40 to buy cocaine and she twice stabbed him in the leg. He was retreating from Porter when he stumbled and the shotgun unintentionally discharged, he testified.
Deanna Porter left three children, a mother and six siblings.
Revenue Department fills new bingo opening
A 17-year veteran of the Kansas Department of Revenue has been appointed to the new position of state bingo administrator.
Phil Wilkes will coordinate bingo licensing, tax processing and compliance functions associated with the state's new bingo laws, which went into effect July 1. The appointment was announced Friday by Revenue Secretary Karla Pierce.
Wilkes will be responsible for field inspections, audits, licensing, tax collection and education, Pierce said.
There are 420 bingo licenses in Kansas, and the state had revenues of $3 million from sales and enforcement taxes in fiscal year 2000.