- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas City, Kansas, man has been sentenced to life in prison in the death of a woman 18 years ago.

The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1QjYpyo ) reports that the sentence was ordered Friday for 35-year-old Jason L. Rucker. He was convicted last year of first-degree murder in the October 1997 killing of 33-year-old Vicky Ernst.

Co-defendant Torry M. Johnson pleaded guilty in September to first-degree murder. He was sentenced last month to life in prison.

Under the law in place at the time of the killing, they will have to serve 15 years before being considered for parole.

Rucker and Johnson were teenagers when Ernst was beaten and her throat slashed inside her Kansas City, Kansas, home.

A fresh review of the case led prosecutors to charge the two men.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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