Butler County Times Gazette
  • Man sentenced to nearly 9 years in Topeka slaying

  • A 22-year-old Topeka man was sentenced to nearly nine years in prison for his role in the shooting death of a woman and the wounding of her partner.
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  • A 22-year-old Topeka man was sentenced to nearly nine years in prison for his role in the shooting death of a woman and the wounding of her partner.
    Ronald Wakes was sentenced Tuesday in the July 2011 death of 40-year-old Natalie Gibson and the wounding of 43-year-old Lori Allison. He was one of nine people charged in the shooting, which occurred during a botched robbery at the women's home.
    The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/YCnNbX ) Wakes pleaded no contest in February to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and attempted aggravated intimidation of a witness.
    Chris Biggs, assistant district attorney, said he agreed to the plea agreement because Wakes did not go to the women's home with criminal intent.
    Before sentencing, Wakes apologized for his role in the shootings.
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