Newton Stabbing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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A Wichita man convicted of a fatal stabbing in Harvey County has been sentenced to 50 years in prison without parole. Twenty-eight-year-old Robert Englehardt was sentenced yesterday at Newton by Harvey County District Judge Carl Anderson.

Englehardt was convicted of first-degree murder in November in the June 2001 death of 24-year-old Michael Smith of Burrton.

Jurors found that Englehardt was the primary attacker in an early morning assault. Prosecutors said Englehardt and his friend Brian Smith worked together torturing and killing Michael Smith because they thought he was an informant.

Brian Smith pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced in November to 24 years.

The victim was stabbed at least 48 times and his body dumped near a pond north of Newton.

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