A former Wichita man has been found guilty of killing a Topeka man during a crime rampage in June 2010.
A jury on Tuesday found 44-year-old Stephen A. Macomber guilty of second-degree murder in shooting death of 26-year-old Ryan K. Lofton in Topeka. He had been charged with first-degree murder.
Prosecutors say that after Macomber shot Lofton, he shot and wounded a Marshall County sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop in Blue Rapids and then held an elderly woman hostage during a standoff with police. He’s serving 83 years in prison for those crimes.
Macomber was sentenced in 1987 to 38 to 85 years in prison for four robberies in Wichita, including one on Sept. 23, 1985, at a Wendy’s restaurant at 5510 E. Central. Store worker Randy Atterberry was shot in the heart during that robbery but survived.
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Kansas Department of Corrections records show that Macomber was paroled from that sentence in September 2009.