2015 News Releases

Kingman man sentenced to more than 51 years in prison for murder

Release Date: Jul 09, 2015

 KINGMAN – (July 9, 2015) – A Kingman man was sentenced today to more than 51 years in prison for murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

 Dean Alan Cowles, 48, was found guilty in May by a Kingman County jury of second-degree intentional murder. Judge Larry T. Solomon sentenced Cowles to 620 months to be served in the Kansas Department of Corrections. Cowles was also sentenced to 36 months post release supervision and 15 years registration as a violent offender. Cowles was charged with the crime in connection with the February 2014 death of Curtis Shelton. A second defendant, Jeffrey Hartpence, was sentenced in June to life in prison for first-degree murder in connection with this crime.

 The case was investigated by the Kingman Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorneys General Amy Hanley and Lyndzie Carter of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.

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