A homeless man was sentenced Thursday to 13.5 years in prison for beating another homeless man to death near the Keeper of the Plains statue in Wichita.
Patrick R. Perkins, 41, pleaded guilty in April to robbery and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Marshall K. Hauschulz, who was found beaten to death on a concrete slab next to the Arkansas River near Central and Nims. Wichita police said the beating occurred as Perkins was robbing Hauschulz, 41, of cigarettes.
Kansas Department of Corrections records show that Perkins was paroled from prison six weeks before he beat Hauschulz to death on Dec. 15, 2011. Perkins had been serving time for a Reno County aggravated battery conviction. He also has a 1994 Saline County conviction for aggravated robbery.
During the sentencing, prosecutor Kristi Barton Edwards asked District Judge Jeff Syros to impose maximum sentences on both charges and order that they be served consecutively. Defense lawyer Chrystal Krier asked for the minimum on the manslaughter charge – 9.5 years – and asked that it run concurrently with the robbery sentence. She said both men were under the influence of alcohol when the killing occurred.
An autopsy report said that when he died, Hauschulz had a blood-alcohol level of 0.41 percent – well above the .08 percent limit for driving – and 46 cents in the right front pocket of his blue jeans
Among those attending the hearing was Hauschulz’s mother, Arlene Hauschulz. Although she didn’t speak in court, she submitted a written statement that said, in part, “I can forgive Mr. Perkins with God’s help. I will never forget what he took from us.”
Perkins briefly addressed the court, saying, “I’m sorry for the victim’s family. … Two lives have been ruined over this.”
Syrios then accepted the state’s recommendation and imposed the maximum sentence.
“I would only say that I believe that this is a public safety issue,” he said.