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Court of Appeals panel affirms sentencing change in Osage County teen sex abuse case

A Kansas Court of Appeals panel has upheld a conviction and sentence linked to a sex crimes case in Osage County.


In 2009, Osage County District Court convicted Gilbert Kness, now 54, of one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and sentenced Kness to 59 months in prison. The state then moved to correct an illegal sentence in 2015, saying the original 36-month postrelease supervision period should have been a lifetime length instead.


Kness objected, saying an amendment by lawmakers in 2013 meant a conflict with the end result being the 36-month postrelease period was indeed legal.


The Kansas Court of Appeals sided with the state, saying the original sentence was illegal, the state's request was valid and the Kness argument ignored certain wording in the amended law.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:13