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Lawrence’s list of murder victims

January 11, 2010

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A total of 19 murders occurred in Lawrence during the past decade. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation provided information about what specific crimes were recorded as murders, which includes first- and second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. Crimes classified as murder reflect how the Lawrence Police Department recorded the incident during the initial investigation and don’t necessarily reflect how the crime was prosecuted.

No murders occurred in 2000, 2007 or 2009.

2001

• February: Shyra McGee, 23, was killed when a drunken driver, Brandon Gentry, ran a red light and struck her automobile near Sixth Street and Monterey Way. Gentry, 30, was sentenced to 71 months in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He was released from prison on Jan. 3, 2008.

2002

• July: Lawrence residents George “Pete” Wallace and Wynona Chandlee, both 71, were shot to death at their home on Learnard Avenue during a robbery. Damien Lewis, 22, pleaded guilty to both murders in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty. He was sentenced to 158 years in prison.

2003

• January: Michael Riley, 49, was stabbed and killed by his roommate, David Uptain, in an apartment they shared in Lawrence. Uptain was originally charged with second-degree murder, but pleaded to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 96 months in prison. Uptain was released on parole on Nov. 3, 2009.

• March: Quincy Sanders was shot to death during a dispute and his body, riddled with 18 gunshot wounds, was found at 2603 Ridge Court. Tremain V. Scott, 22, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and was sentenced to 61 months in prison. He was released from prison on July 2, 2009.

• August: Judith Vellucci was killed during a high-speed pursuit between police and Nam Ouk Cho, 19. Cho pleaded guilty to several charges, including second-degree murder, and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Cho’s earliest release date is today, Jan. 11, 2010.

2004

• April: Robert Martin, 28, was shot and killed at the Jefferson Commons apartment complex in Lawrence. Lafayette Cosby was convicted in 2004 of the murder. The Kansas Supreme Court overturned the conviction and granted Cosby a new trial citing errors committed by the prosecution. However, Cosby was again convicted of first-degree murder in 2008 and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

• July: Mary Miller, 46, was found strangled to death at her home on Carolina Street. Her husband, Martin Miller, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

2005

• June: 3-year-old Sydni Perkins died from repeated blows to the head. Jason Dillon, who lived with Sydni and her mother, admitted to killing the child while baby-sitting. Dillon pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 199 months in prison.

• October: Nicole Bingham, Jose Gonzalez and Yolanda Riddle were killed in a fire at Boardwalk Apartments. Jason Rose, 21, was convicted in their deaths and sentenced to 122 months in prison.

• October: 5-month-old Risha Lafferty died as a result of a skull fracture. Lafferty’s father, Jay Decker, was convicted of first-degree murder in the case and sentenced to life in prison.

2006

• February: Topeka resident Robert Williams, 46, was killed in a shooting outside the Granada after a hip-hop concert. Rashawn Anderson was convicted of second-degree murder in the case and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

• July: Linda Begay, 37, died from an abdominal infection after being beaten with a table leg at her Lawrence home. Christopher Belone, Begay’s boyfriend, was convicted of second-degree murder in the case and sentenced to 48 years in prison.

2008

• February: Jerry Deshazer, 62, died of a head wound in his southeastern Lawrence mobile home. Shanna Friday was convicted of second-degree murder in the death and sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison. Jerod Buffalohead, Friday’s boyfriend, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for his participation in the death, and sentenced to five years in prison.

• June: Gage Hauk, 18, and Roland Klundt, 20, were killed when Hauk and Kellam Jones, 16, broke into Klundt’s home to rob him. Klundt shot and killed Hauk, and was then shot and killed by Jones. Jones pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

• July: Jana Mackey, 25, was found murdered at the Lawrence home of her former boyfriend, Adolfo Garcia-Nunez. Garcia-Nunez was suspected in the murder and was arrested in New Jersey. However, he committed suicide while in jail in New Jersey.

Comments

OutlawJHawk 5 years, 4 months ago

Wow, the sentencing is so inconsistent for crimes of similar nature. The Feds send people to prison for carrying pot for longer sentences than many of these murderers. Our Judicial System for the most part sucks. Kudos to our law enforcement though for at least finding those commiting violent crimes.

I would be interested in knowing if there are any unsolved murders or missing people connected to Lawrence. I seem to recall a pattern of homeless transients and Native Americans being murdered or killed. Maybe they were on the list..

Steve Jacob 5 years, 4 months ago

Not sure if you should count Gage Houk as a murder victim. And look at the Shyra McGee murder in 2001. What was so different about this this drunk driver (Brandon Gentry) that the others drunk drivers before and after only got months, not years?

mommyoffour 5 years, 4 months ago

Just a shame! Some of these people got 6 years for murdering someone. I know of drug dealers that got more time then damn near all of these people. So don't sale drugs but you can murder someone. Hmmmm doesn't seem right! Not that selling drugs is acceptable but neither is murder! Would it be because in one case the government doesn't get its share of the profits. Guess its all how you look at it. huh?

mommyoffour 5 years, 4 months ago

What a slap in the face to some of these victims families! Losing a loved one and the person that took the life does a small amount of time ( Vacation ) ! I am not upset with the Police or Detectives that spent the time solving these murders. I am upset with the judicial system. If I had spent time solving these crimes and this is all they got in return? Okay done venting! God Bless these victims and all the families. RIP Q

Nikki May 5 years, 4 months ago

What about Anthony Vital? Was that not in city limits so it doesn't count against Lawrence? I know he was found outside of city limits, but where was he killed? I guess we need county info too.

ArmyBrat25 5 years, 4 months ago

Marsha Mace was not murdered by LPD Det Troy Squire. He did what he was supposed to do in the situation.

Yes-it is sad that she died from the situation.

suesay 5 years, 4 months ago

• June: 3-year-old Sydni Perkins died from repeated blows to the head. Jason Dillon, who lived with Sydni and her mother, admitted to killing the child while baby-sitting. Dillon pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 199 months in prison.

• October: 5-month-old Risha Lafferty died as a result of a skull fracture. Lafferty’s father, Jay Decker, was convicted of first-degree murder in the case and sentenced to life in prison.

Why was the first case a second-degree murder? I hope karma gets that POS.

John Hampton 5 years, 1 month ago

The first one is second degree murder because he "plead" to that charge. The second is first degree murder because he was "convicted" of it.

One was a plea deal, arranged by the prosecution and defense attorney. The other was a finding of the court, after a trial by jury.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 4 months ago

If I'm not mistaken, the first was a plea deal for 2nd degree murder. The second was an actual jury trial. And you're right. The POS in the first case received a sentence of less than ten years. Chances are good he will be out on parole next year. The fact that they let a child killer serve such little time for his crime turns my stomach.

monkeyspunk 5 years, 4 months ago

@hellsbasement

Here, fixed this for you.

Sept 24 2006 Marsha Mace shot by Lawrence Police Department after firing on officers attempting to defend not only themselves but also the families that reside in the mobile home park. Thank you, Detective Troy Squire.

Doesn't really belong on this list though, does it?

kewlb 5 years, 4 months ago

wheres pywacket,im sure he has something smart to say, and make everybody elses comments a joke,because he cant make a decent comment himself,huh pywacko,

equalaccessprivacy 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm close to being murdered in spirit. KU and this community shamelessly perpetrate a huge amount of of hate and low-blow dishonesty in the name of love and justice.

Amy Heeter 5 years, 4 months ago

Gage Houk was not murdered he was killed by Roland K in self defense.

John Hampton 5 years, 1 month ago

Gage Houk was killed during the commission of a crime. By definition this is what is known as "felony murder"... a death during a crime, even if someone slips and hits their head, is "felony murder".

Jones "pleaded" guilty to second-degree murder, there was no trial. Had this gone to trial he was facing two counts of felony murder at best and one count of first degree murder and one count of felony murder at worst (for him).

Vinny1 5 years, 4 months ago

Here is my biggest question.
According to this article, a murder is classified as "first- and second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter."

Then, in the first murder listing, "pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter."

Now, for the record, I agree this should be a murder, but according to the classifications noted, it is not. Yet the LJWorld contradicts itself by listing it as such.

LJWorld, you need to get it together. Either this murder should not be listed, or your requirements for "murder" should be changed. Just another example of terrible writing/editing.

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