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May 10, 2019


Contact: Mr.Michael Kagay • 785.251.4330

Triple Homicide Liles sentence

For Immediate Release:

May 10, 2019

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced the sentence imposed in the case of State of Kansas v. Kora Liles, Shawnee County District Court Case 17-CR-1392. On June 20, 2018, at the conclusion of an eight-day trial, a Shawnee County jury returned a verdict of Guilty on all eleven charged counts, including: three counts of Murder in the First Degree (Off-Grid Felonies); three counts of Aggravated Kidnapping (Level 1 Felonies); three counts of Aggravated Assault (Level 7 Felonies); one count of Possession of over 3.5 Grams of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute (Level 2 Drug Felony); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor). The convictions were the result of Liles participation in the kidnapping, assault, and eventual homicides of Matthew Leavitt, Luke Davis and Nicole Fisher. On today’s date, the Court imposed a life sentence for each of the homicide charges, each requiring a minimum of 25 years before parole eligibility and each to be served consecutively. The Court then imposed the maximum sentence of 452 months for all remaining counts, to be served consecutively to the sentence for the homicide charges. Therefore, Liles must serve the life sentences, which is a minimum of 75 years, be granted parole on those charges, and then she will begin serving the remaining 452 months.

Kagay commended the work of Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Dunbar, Deputy District Attorney Brett Watson, as well as the remainder of the trial support staff for their work in prosecuting the case. Kagay also commended the work of the Topeka Police Department who handled the investigation.

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