Kansas Supreme Court affirms conviction, sentence in Emporia robbery and kidnapping case Featured

Samuel Harris. Samuel Harris. Kansas Department of Corrections photo

The Kansas Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of an Emporia man after an alleged kidnapping six years ago.


In a 27-page ruling, the high court affirmed convictions for robbery, kidnapping and criminal threat dating back to a case in May 2013. Samuel Leeanthony Harris was accused of controlling his victim for a two-hour period while demanding money from that person.

The court ruled unanimously on behalf of the state. It confirmed Harris' claims of jury instruction errors but said there was not enough harm coming from those errors to reverse the convictions and resulting sentence. It also rejected Harris' claims of insufficient evidence, and it said Harris did not demonstrate he was prejudiced by defense counsel's lateness in challenging certain items provided by the state.

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Last modified on Friday, 13 December 2019 15:16