UPDATE: Women sentenced to 14 years in Topeka homicide

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The 36-year-old wife of the gunman who killed one man and wounded a woman in a shooting in Topeka has been sentenced to 14 years and one month in prison.

Jamie Engstrom was sentenced Friday for conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and other charges in the February 2013 death of 34-year-old Ricky Mitchell of Topeka and the wounding of 28-year-old Bridget Gakle of Topeka.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports her Kansas sentences will run concurrently with sentences in Nebraska, where she and her husband, Michael Dean Engstrom, were captured after a shootout with law enforcement officers the same day as the Topeka shootings.

Michael Engstrom was sentenced to life in prison for the Topeka shootings, which will run concurrently with sentences he received in Nebraska.



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A 36-year-old Topeka woman has pleaded no contest to reduced charges in a shooting death.

Jamie Engstrom is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 15 for conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and other charges in the Feb. 13, 2013, shooting death of 34-year-old Ricky Mitchell of Topeka and the wounding of 28-year-old Bridget Gakle of Topeka.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Engstrom made the pleas Wednesday in Shawnee County court.

Prosecutors are expected to ask the judge to impose prison terms totaling about 14 years. Her sentences are expected to run concurrently with sentences in in Nebraska, where she and her husband, Michael Dean Engstrom, were captured.

Michael Dean Engstrom pleaded guilty earlier to felony first-degree murder and other charges and was sentenced to life in prison.


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