Sentences handed down in Jordan Turner murder case

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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WICHITA, Kan. — Sentences have been handed down for three people convicted in connection to the 2013 murder of a former South High School football player.

The body of 19-year-old Jordan Turner was found in a field near 127th East and Pawnee on May 1, 2013. Investigators said he had been shot at least twice near the end of March that year, then dumped in the field where his body was discovered a month later.

Police originally arrested four suspects, but only charged three: Eric Jackson, Ebony Nguyen and Kristopher Wright.

In February, a jury convicted Wright, 21, of first degree murder. Then in March, Nguyen pleaded no contest to first degree murder, and Jackson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first degree murder.

Sentencing for all three happened Friday.

Turner's father and mother addressed the court before each defendant was sentenced.

Wright was first on the docket.

"I want him to know where he is every day. I want him to know what he did every day -- his cowardice," Turner's father, Frank Turner, told the court before sentencing.

Wright was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. He was also sentenced to another 10 years for conspiracy to commit murder. Those sentences are to run consecutively.

After Wright's hearing concluded, Nguyen was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

Friday afternoon, Jackson was sentenced to just over 10 years in prison, plus 3 years post-release supervision.

"We are very pleased with the results of this case," Frank Turner said. "The people who were most responsible were taken care of."

Even so, he and other family members say the sentences do not bring them closure.

Jordan's mother told the court the murder has left her with unbearable emotional pain.

"I visualize how he died and if he suffered. I have nightmares of him being shot over and over," she said. "I will not have any biological children, grandchildren or see my son succeed in life. He was so ambitious."

Turner's father says he will not stop fighting on behalf of his son. He says he plans to be there when Wright and Nguyen have parole hearings in 20 years.

"I don't care what it's going to cost or what it's going to take or what legislator I have to see," Frank Turner said. "We'll be there."

Jordan Turner and his father

Jordan Turner and his father following a Coffeyville Community College football game.

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