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Wichita woman to serve life sentence for fatally stabbing neighbor

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 7:45 p.m.

A Wichita woman will serve life in prison for fatally stabbing her neighbor in the chest at Shadybrook Senior Apartments in 2012.

Kimberly King, 54, was given the sentence Thursday in the Dec. 27, 2012, murder of 22-year-old Jessica Baldwin, Sedgwick County District Attorney spokesman Dan Dillon said. She will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years, court records show.

King was arrested and charged after Baldwin was found fatally injured in her apartment near 21st and Oliver the night of Dec. 27, 2012. King originally faced one count of first-degree intentional, premeditated murder in the killing, but that was later amended to first-degree felony murder. The move makes King eligible for parole five years sooner than if she had been convicted under the original charge.

King pleaded no contest in the case on Jan. 6.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Bruce Brown handed down Thursday’s sentence.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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