- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2011

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge on Tuesday sentenced a former Missouri city official to death for fatally shooting his estranged wife, their two daughters and his wife’s grandmother.

In sentencing 48-year-old James Kraig Kahler, Judge Phillip Fromme followed a jury recommendation for the death penalty.

Kahler was convicted of killing his wife, 44-year-old Karen Kahler; her grandmother, 89-year-old Dorothy Wight; and the Kahlers‘ two daughters, 18-year-old Emily and 16-year-old Lauren, at Wight’s home in Burlingame, Kan., in November 2009

A psychiatrist testified during the trial that Kahler had been upset with his daughters for siding with their mother and that he believed Wight should have encouraged his wife to stay in their marriage.


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