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Contact: Mr.Michael Kagay • 785.251.4330

Joseph P. Lowry Sentence

For Immediate Release:

March 27, 2019

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced the sentence imposed in the case of State of Kansas v. Joseph P. Lowry, Shawnee County District Court Case 17-CR-327. Lowry was charged for his role in a triple homicide that occurred in Topeka on March 12, 2017. On March 27, 2019, at the conclusion of an eight-day trial, a Shawnee County jury returned a verdict of Guilty on all charged counts for Lowry’s participation in the kidnapping, assault, and eventual homicides of Matthew Leavitt, Luke Davis and Nicole Fisher. The convictions included: two counts of Murder in the First Degree, with Premeditation (Off-Grid Felonies) for the deaths of Leavitt and Davis; Murder in the First Degree, committed during an inherently dangerous felony (Off-Grid Felony) for the death of Fisher; three counts of Aggravated Kidnapping (Level 1 Felonies); one count of Aggravated Robbery (Level 3 Felony); and one count of Aggravated Assault (Level 7 Felony).

On today’s date, the Court imposed a life sentence for each of the homicide charges to be served consecutively, and an additional 155 months for the remaining counts which also must be served consecutively. For the two counts of Murder in First Degree, with Premeditation, Lowry must serve 50 years each prior to being eligible for parole. For the count of Felony Murder, Lowry must serve 25 years prior to being eligible for parole. Therefore Lowry, must serve a minimum of 125 years, be granted parole on the homicide charges, and then begin serving the remaining 155 months.

Co-defendant Joseph Krahn previously entered a plea of guilty on three counts of Murder in the First Degree, Intentional with Premeditation (Off-Grid Felonies) and was sentenced to three consecutive life terms (minimum of 150 years before parole eligibility). Co-defendant Kora Liles was previously found guilty of all charges after a jury trial and was subsequently ordered to serve three consecutive life sentences (minimum of 75 years before parole eligibility), followed by an additional 452 months in prison. Co-defendant Brian Flowers entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Murder in the First Degree, Committed During an Inherently Dangerous Felony (Off-Grid Felonies). Flowers will be sentenced at 1:30 PM on August 14, 2019.

Kagay commended the work of Deputy District Attorney Brett Watson, Assistant Deputy District Attorney Lauren Amrein, 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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