1 of 5 suspects in Kansas triple homicide sentenced to 3 life terms

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Top row : Richard Folsom, Joseph Lowry, Bottom row : Joseph Krahn, Shane Mays, Brian Flowers (Courtesy KTKA via Shawnee County Jail) Top row : Richard Folsom, Joseph Lowry, Bottom row : Joseph Krahn, Shane Mays, Brian Flowers (Courtesy KTKA via Shawnee County Jail)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

One of five people accused of strangling or smothering to death three others in a Topeka home over a rape allegation has been sentenced to three life terms.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 34-year-old Joseph Krahn won't be eligible for release for 150 years under the sentence imposed Friday. He pleaded no contest last month to three first-degree murder charges in the March slayings of 19-year-old Matthew Leavitt, 38-year-old Nicole Fisher and 20-year-old Luke Davis. Prosecutors had considered pursuing the death penalty.

A witness testified during an earlier hearing that one of the other suspects, 19-year-old Shane Mays, was forced to participate to save his life. The witness said Krahn told Mays, "You're one of the few who gets to see me kill and live." Mays has pleaded not guilty.
 

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