Augusta woman sentenced to nine years in brother’s killing

05/21/2014 6:45 PM

08/08/2014 10:24 AM

An Augusta woman was sentenced Wednesday to more than nine years in prison for killing her brother last year and leaving his body to decompose in the backyard of her rural Butler County home.

Susan L. May, 55, will spend 109 months in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections in connection with the death of her brother, 55-year-old Richard Hrejsa, Assistant Butler County Attorney Amber Norris said by phone. The sentence was handed down Wednesday afternoon, she said, after a judge denied a request by May’s attorney to impose a lesser prison term than what is recommended under Kansas criminal sentencing guidelines.

May was originally charged with first-degree murder in Hrejsa’s death but pleaded guilty in January to reckless second-degree murder. Two counts of interference with law enforcement and one count of criminal desecration of a body were dropped under the plea deal.

Authorities found Hrejsa’s remains on May’s property Oct. 14, about a month after authorities think he was killed.

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