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Life sentence

Death penalty takes its toll on society

Sidney Gleason was in the news again this week. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected his latest appeal of his death penalty sentence.
It’s been 13 years since Gleason and his cousin, Damien Charles Thompson, murdered two Great Bend residents, Mikiala “Miki” Martinez and Darren Wornkey.
There have been other murders in Barton County but only one killer sits on death row. Thompson, now 38, is working in a job at Hutchinson Correctional Facility, where he is incarcerated and where his custody level is low-medium. His earliest possible release date is 2029.
Other murderers remain in custody ...

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