Archive for Sunday, June 3, 2001

Second defendant gets life in slaying

Four people charged in March 2000 slaying

June 3, 2001

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— A second person has been sentenced to life in prison for the March 2000 killing of an Atchison man.

Kirk Wilson, 44, of Atchison, will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years of the sentence imposed Friday by District Judge Martin Asher.

Wilson was one of four people charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Kurt Boldridge, 38, who was shot in the head as he slept in his rural Atchison home. A jury convicted Wilson in April.

Boldridge's ex-wife, Lisa Boldridge, was sentenced in February and must serve at least 50 years before she is eligible for parole from her life sentence. She is serving her time at a Topeka prison.

The state's key witness, John Goodpasture of Kansas City, Mo., testified he saw Wilson shoot the victim with a shotgun. Goodpasture is scheduled for trial June 15.

The fourth defendant, 31-year-old Gary Skeen of Atchison, pleaded no contest in May and is to be sentenced June 11.

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