LARNED — A Larned man who threatened to choke his mother to death was found guilty of felony criminal threat and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, Tuesday in Pawnee County District Court.
A one-day jury trial was conducted for Matthew Sexton, 45.
Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett said the jury, made up of seven women and five men, deliberated for approximately 15 minutes before returning the guilty verdicts against Sexton.
“At the trial the defendant’s mother testified that in November of 2016 she had allowed Sexton to stay with her at her Larned home,” McNett said. “She further testified that when she confronted her son on Nov. 13, 2016, about not being comfortable with him baby-sitting an underage girl in her home, he became enraged and made statements to her about choking her to death and burning her house down.”
Sentencing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Aug. 24. Sexton remains free on bond.
Depending on his criminal history, Sexton faces between five and 17 months in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections.
McNett presented the State’s case at trial. Sexton was represented by Donald Anderson of Ellinwood.