Man sentenced to nearly 25 years for Kansas contract killing

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Photo: Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal Photo: Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal
SALINA, Kan. (AP) -

A man has been ordered to spend nearly 25 years in prison for hiring someone to kill a Salina man.

The Salina Journal-World reports that 41-year-old James Pavey was sentenced last week for intentional second-degree murder, solicitation to commit first-degree premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping. He pleaded no contest to the charges in June.

Prosecutors say Pavey entered an agreement with 31-year-old Charles Rodgers to kill 29-year-old Brandon Lee Shelby.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in an affidavit that Rodgers beat, choked and stabbed Shelby, expecting Pavey to pay him with money or drugs. Shelby's body was found in June 2017 on a path near a popular fishing area northeast of Salina.

Rogers is awaiting sentencing. Two others who are accused of helping are awaiting trial.

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