2013 News Releases

Kingman man sentenced to life for murder, arson

Release Date: Aug 05, 2013

KINGMAN – (August 5, 2013) – A Kingman man was sentenced today to life in prison following his conviction in June for murder, arson and child endangerment, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Brett Seacat, 37, was sentenced to life in the Kansas Department of Corrections without the possibility of parole for 31 years and 3 months by Chief Judge Larry Solomon in Kingman County District Court. A Kingman County jury convicted Seacat in June of first-degree premeditated murder, aggravated arson and two counts of aggravated child endangerment following a three-week trial. Seacat was charged with the crimes following the 2011 death of his wife, Vashti Seacat, and the burning of the couple’s home in Kingman.

The case was investigated by the Kingman Police Department, Kingman County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorneys General Amy Hanley and Jessica Domme of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case, along with Kingman County Attorney Matthew Ricke and Associate Counsel Tom Bath.

Photo courtesy of Kingman County Sheriff's Office.


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