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July 11, 2013
The Kansas Attorney General's office is no longer asking a judge to sentence a former law officer to 50 years without parole for killing his wife.
Brett Seacat was found guilty last month of killing his wife, Vashti, and setting their Kingman home on fire in April, 2011. Seacat and the couple's two sons escaped the fire.
Prosecutors initially announced they would seek the "Hard 50" sentence--50 years in prison without parole--against Seacat. Prosecutors withdrew that intent in court documents filed earlier this month. They cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that juries, rather than judges, should consider facts in trials that could result in longer minimum sentences.
Seacat is scheduled to be sentenced August 5.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.