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2 defendants sentenced for their roles in fatal robbery

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at 6:06 p.m.

Two men who took part in a home-invasion robbery that ended with an accomplice being shot to death by Wichita police were sentenced to prison Friday for their roles in the crime.

Eric R. Evans, 19, and Bradlee L. Ohle, 20, both pleaded guilty to seven counts of kidnapping and one count each of aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. Evans also was convicted of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Ohle fled the scene before police arrived.

Evans was sentenced by District Judge Ben Burgess to 11 years and two months in prison. Less than an hour later, Ohle was sentenced by Distict Judge Terry Pullman to seven years and seven months in prison.

Prosecutors said Evans and Ohle were among a group of four men who held seven people at gunpoint during an April 13, 2012, robbery in the 1200 block of West Crawford, near Pawnee and Seneca. One of the suspects, Timothy Collins, 17, was struck in the head and killed by a bullet fired by a police officer as he ran from the scene.

The fourth suspect, Ronald Vaughn, 21, was convicted by a jury in July of the kidnapping, robbery and burglary charges, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

The officer who shot Vaughn said he opened fire after at least one of three robbers running from the house pointed a gun at him. Vaughn testified that he was unarmed when he ran out the back door and was struck by a shotgun blast that was fired by an officer without provocation.

Evidence at Vaughn’s trial included audio and video from a police camera that picked up the sound of the gunfire, but not the sound of officers ordering the suspects to stop. Vaughn was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @hlaviana.

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