- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita man has been sentenced to six years and five months in prison for killing a friend during a drug-fueled argument.

The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/2i0ar5g ) reports that 27-year-old Joshua Thomas was sentenced Wednesday on one count of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 35-year-old Brandon Walters. He was shot March 3 inside his home but staggered outdoors before dying in his front yard.

An affidavit says a witness told authorities Thomas and Walters fought over clothing and laundry. Thomas was captured in April after an hours-long standoff.

In court, Walters’ mother, Marcia Walters-Hardeman, described the killing as a “willful and brutal act.”

Defense attorney Quentin Pittman says Thomas “feels horrible” but that Thomas and Walters both were using narcotics and that Walters had attacked Thomas with a knife.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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