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February 10, 2001


Pomona stabbing death brings guilty verdict

A Pomona woman Friday was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of a man with whom she lived.

Sharon Marie Ferrell will be sentenced on March 9. She remained in the Franklin County Jail on $50,000 bond following the trial.

William M. Coulter was found Aug. 25 by Franklin County Sheriff's officers lying on the ground outside the mobile home he and Ferrell shared, authorities said.

Ferrell claimed she killed Coulter in self-defense.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office had sought a harsher verdict of second-degree murder. Assistant Atty. Gen. Joe Lee handled the case at the request of the Franklin County Attorney's Office.

Off-duty KU officer catches fleeing suspect

One man was arrested after a Lawrence Police car-and-foot chase ended when the suspect was caught by an off-duty Kansas University Public Safety officer.

The 20-year-old Lawrence man was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

About 8:30 p.m. a patrol officer attempted to stop a 1994 Buick Park Avenue being driven in a careless manner near 16th Street and Kentucky, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. The driver refused to stop, and a chase ensued.

The Buick struck a trash Dumpster in an alley in the 1700 block of Kentucky, Pattrick said. The car stopped in the 1700 block of Ohio and the suspect tried to run, Pattrick said. An off-duty KU officer happened to be in the area and caught the suspect in an alley in the 1700 block of Ohio Street, Pattrick said.

Charges are pending and the suspect was released from jail on $2,700 bond.

Wife seeks to expunge murder record

A woman who killed her husband in 1977 and served 15 years in prison is asking a Shawnee County judge to erase the conviction from her record.

Milda Sandstrom, 77, was convicted of first-degree murder on Dec. 9, 1977, for the shooting death five months earlier of Thad Sandstrom, 51, vice president of broadcasting for Stauffer Publications Inc. She was released in 1992.

Sandstrom's request was filed last June 27. In a written statement, Sandstrom, who completed parole in 1994, said she was seeking expungement to "remove a major obstacle for employment and social interaction."

Sandstrom testified Monday before District Judge Thomas Conklin that she works as a social services associate at a Veterans Administration Medical Center in Arizona.

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