Kansas Supreme Court overturns sentence in Wyandotte murder

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state’s highest court has upheld the premeditated first-degree murder conviction of a man who shot his uncle 10 times and left him to die in a burning house.

But the Kansas Supreme Court also overturned the enhanced sentence of 50 years without the possibility of parole handed down by the trial judge to Mark Salary. He was convicted for the 2008 murder of Valray “Joe” Estell at his home in Kansas City, Kansas. It sent the case back to Wyandotte County District Court for resentencing.

It is the latest in a string of Kansas cases sent back for resentencing since a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court opinion. That decision requires that a jury finds beyond a reasonable doubt that aggravating circumstances exist to merit the enhanced minimum sentence.