Crime & Courts

January 23, 2014

Man sentenced to life in prison in 2013 death of Ronald Betts

A Wichita man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his role in the April 2013 death of a man who was shot while trying to sell a quarter-pound of marijuana.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect year of the shooting.

A Wichita man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his role in the April 2013 death of a man who was shot while trying to sell a quarter-pound of marijuana.

Kyle Beltz, 22, was also sentenced to 67 months for attempted possession of marijuana with intent to sell, but District Judge Greg Waller ordered that the sentences run concurrently. Beltz will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years of the life sentence.

Beltz was one of six people charged in the death of Ronald Betts, 33, of Derby, who was shot as he was trying to sell the marijuana for $1,100 in a house at 446 N. Emporia.

Prosecutors said Beltz lived in the house and was acting as a lookout when three of the would-be buyers were invited inside. Prosecutors said the customers did not have the money to buy the marijuana and went to the house to try to take it by force.

Wichita police said everyone in the room was armed when one of the customers opened fire, touching off a shootout that resulted in Betts’ death.

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