2019 News Releases

Garden City man sentenced to life in prison for Jessica’s Law charges

Release Date: Dec 20, 2019

GARDEN CITY – (December 20, 2019) – A Garden City man has been sentenced to life in prison for child sex crimes, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Douglas Heit, 50, pleaded no contest in October in Finney County District Court to two Jessica's Law counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child younger than 14 years of age. District Judge Michael Quint yesterday ordered Heit to serve two concurrent sentences of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Heit is also subject to lifetime post-release supervision and sex offender registration. The crimes occurred in August 2018.

The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Garden City Police Department. Senior Assistant Attorney General Melissa Johnson and Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Plaschka of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.

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