A man who fatally shot a man leaving a company Christmas party in 2014 was ordered Tuesday to serve 13 years, 9 months in prison for second-degree intentional murder and aggravated battery.
Ismael Pena, 21, pleaded guilty in November in the Dec. 13 shooting outside of the Knights of Columbus hall at 3202 W. 13th St. that killed 24-year-old Super Street Khatiya and injured another man. Prosecutors say Pena was armed and riding in the back of a car that pulled up to the hall that night to pick up a woman attending the party. But an argument over her leaving broke out, and gunfire erupted. Khatiya, whom police found unresponsive and slumped over in a car, died at a Wichita hospital.
As part of a lengthy accounting of his version of events, defense attorney Randall Price on Tuesday said his client was intoxicated when he fired at the group of men and “never expected that what he did would cause a loss of life and injuries.” Sedgwick County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Amyx, however, told Sedgwick County District Court Judge David Kaufman that Price’s account was disputed by evidence and witness testimony.
Both attorneys asked the judge to impose the sentence suggested in Pena’s plea agreement.
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