Man sentenced in 2009 homicide

06/17/2013 3:47 PM

06/17/2013 3:48 PM

A man who spent nearly two years on the run from the law was sentenced in Sedgwick County District Court on Monday in connection with a homicide in 2009.

Donald L. Jackson, 32, was sentenced to 53 months in prison – more than four years – for killing 44-year-old Leroy Fields early on the morning of May 14, 2009. Police have said Fields was shot in the torso after two masked men burst into his apartment at 224 S. Kansas at about 1:30 a.m.

Fields was pronounced dead about two hours later at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.

An arrest warrant for Jackson was issued on Oct. 5, 2009, and he was placed on the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Top Ten Wanted Fugitive List. He was arrested in Baltimore in September 2011 following a routine traffic stop.

Jackson was initially charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in March prior to his case going to trial. Charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated battery were dropped.

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service