2013 News Releases

Parsons man sentenced to 20 years for sex crimes

Release Date: Dec 19, 2013

PARSONS – (December 19, 2013) – A Parsons man was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Michael Dean Barker, 23, was sentenced to 241 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections by Judge Jeffry L Jack in Labette County District Court. Barker pleaded guilty to the charges in November. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Parsons Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The offenses occurred in January 2009 against a victim under the age of 14.

Assistant Attorney General Christine Ladner of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case

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