Crime & Courts

Man sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for theft of wedding ring from dying woman

Keith Hickles listens to testimony during a preliminary hearing in Sedgwick County District Court. (Feb. 13, 2014)
Keith Hickles listens to testimony during a preliminary hearing in Sedgwick County District Court. (Feb. 13, 2014) File photo

A 20-year-old man was sentenced Monday to nearly eight years in prison for stealing the wedding ring off the hand of a dying woman late last year.

Keith Byron Hickles Jr. was given a 94-month sentence by Sedgwick County District Judge Christopher Magana. Hickles was one of three men convicted of stealing items from 43-year-old Danielle Zimmerman after she suffered a fatal brain aneurysm on Dec. 29, 2013, in the drive-through of the Taco Bell at 3725 E. Harry.

Zimmerman had gone to Taco Bell to get dinner for herself, her husband and two teenage sons when she became ill. Her truck crashed into the speaker box of the drive-through.

She died the next day. Police recovered her purse Dec. 30. The ring remains missing.

Quanique Thomas-Hameen, 20, was sentenced in October to 19 months in prison for theft in that case and 27 months in prison plus one year in jail on two probation violations.

The third defendant, Daquantrius S. Johnson, was convicted earlier this month of aggravated burglary, robbery and misdemeanor theft in the ring theft case. He faces a maximum prison term of 182 months – more than 15 years – if Magana orders his sentences to run consecutively when he is sentenced Jan. 29.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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