2019 News Releases

Texas woman pleads guilty to aggravated robbery

Release Date: May 15, 2019

GREAT BEND – (May 15, 2019) – A Texas woman yesterday pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery and one count of obstructing apprehension, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Christine M. Tenney, 39, of La Marque, Texas, pleaded guilty to the two counts in Barton County District Court. District Judge Steve Johnson accepted the pleas. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

Tenney was charged with the crimes in connection with the July 2018 deaths of Alfred “Sonny” Carpenter and Pauline Carpenter, both of Wichita. In March, Michael Fowler, Jr., 54, of Sarasota, Florida, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder and one count of theft in the case.

The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Deputy Attorney General Vic Braden and Assistant Attorney General Jessica Domme of Schmidt’s office are prosecuting the case.

Related charges against three other defendants remain pending. Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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