The Kansas Supreme Court released the following published decision today:
Appeal No. 117,461: State of Kansas v. Samuel Darrah
Summary calendar; no oral argument
The Supreme Court affirmed the McPherson County District Court in imposing consecutive sentences for Darrah, who claimed the court abused its discretion in ordering his 100-month sentence for attempted aggravated kidnapping be consecutive to, instead of concurrent with, his hard-25 life sentence for felony murder. In support, Darrah argued he did not personally kidnap or fatally stab the victim and instead that two other individuals involved in the crimes played greater roles than he did. But given Darrah's leadership in the planning, coordinating, and carrying out of the crimes, the Supreme Court unanimously held that the sentencing court did not abuse its discretion in imposing consecutive sentences under K.S.A. 2018 Supp. 21-6819(b).
Kansas Court of Appeals decisions released today