- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A man convicted of fatally stabbing a man outside a fast-food restaurant in northeast Kansas has been ordered to spend 23 years in prison.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 34-year-old Joshaua Back on Thursday in Douglas County. That’s where he was convicted of intentional second-degree murder in the May 2015 death of Tracy Dean Lautenschlager.

Authorities say Back stabbed Lautenschlager in the neck outside a Lawrence home. Lautenschlager was found bleeding in a McDonald’s parking lot and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Back fled in a truck that he told authorities he planned to steal as collateral for a drug debt, and he was arrested two days later in Leavenworth County.

The defense said the killing was an act of self-defense.

Jurors also found Back guilty of felony theft.


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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