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Barton County woman sentenced to life in prison for arson murder of Teresa Dutton

Release Date: Nov 16, 2023
TOPEKA – (November 16, 2023) - A Barton County court today sentenced Lyndsay Nichole George to life in prison, Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach announced.

On Oct. 8, 2021, officers and firefighters responded to a structure fire at Dutton's home. They found Dutton inside, and unsuccessfully performed life-saving measures. 

On July 6, 2023, George was found guilty of murder in the first degree of 59-year-old Teresa Dutton.

In addition to being sentenced to murder in the first degree, George was also sentenced for other crimes associated with the murder: aggravated arson, aggravated burglary, assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, battery, and cruelty to animals. She was ordered to pay $5,990 in restitution for crime victim's compensation.

"Today's statements by Teresa Dutton's family members in court highlighted her compassion and empathy for others," Deputy Attorney General Vic Braden said. "The sentencing handed down by the court provided appropriate legal accountability for the murder of Teresa."

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, assisted by the Great Bend Police Department, investigated the crime. Braden and Assistant Attorney General Adam Brewer presented the state's case.

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