A Shawnee County judge sentenced a 40-year-old Topeka man to consecutive life sentences for two murders that happened a dozen years apart, including one involving a body discovered in Douglas County.
Monroe Eugene Lockhart III was sentenced Friday for the 2012 shooting death of his business partner, 39-year-old Corey Brown, whose body was found in Douglas County, and the 2000 shooting death of 25-year-old Damon Anderson.
Lockhart, who has also been charged with arson and insurance fraud, must serve 25 years before he is eligible for parole. Both men killed were also from Topeka.
Earlier this year, Deputy Shawnee County prosecutor Jacqui Spradling told a judge that Lockhart shot Brown twice in the head for disrespecting him by refusing to intervene on Lockhart's behalf. Brown's body was found two days after his death by a passerby on the Upper River Road, near the BNSF railroad tracks west of Lecompton. Spradling said Lockhart killed Anderson in 2000 because the victim owed him money and said wasn’t going to pay it.