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Texas man gets life for 2018 Barton County murders
He was charged in killings that took place during the fair
Rusty Lee Frasier

A Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 100 years in connection with the July 2018 deaths of Alfred “Sonny” Carpenter and Pauline Carpenter, both of Wichita, during the Barton County Fair, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Rusty Lee Frasier, 37, of Aransas Pass, Texas, was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Barton County District Court by District Court Judge Mike Keeley. Frasier was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for 50 years on each of two counts of first-degree murder. The sentences are to run consecutively.

Judge Keeley also sentenced Christine M. Tenney, 40, of La Marque, Texas, to 59 months in prison for aggravated robbery and eight months for obstructing apprehension for her role in the deaths. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Michael Fowler, Jr., 56, of Sarasota, Florida, was previously sentenced by Judge Keeley to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 100 years in connection with the Carpenters’ deaths. 

The cases were investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation; Great Bend Police Department; Van Buren, Arkansas Police Department; and the Crawford County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Attorney General Vic Braden and Assistant Attorney General Jessica Domme of Schmidt’s office are prosecuting the cases.

Related charges against one additional defendant remain pending. Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.