Garden City man gets life in prison for kidnapping state judge

A man who forced his way at gunpoint into a state judge’s house last year and held him hostage for hours has been sentenced to life in prison for terrorism, officials announced Friday.

Jason Linn Nichols, 34, of Garden City was convicted in July by a Finney County jury of one count of terrorism, one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal threat and one count of criminal restraint, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a prepared statement.

Nichols was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 20 years. He was found not guilty of a second count of terrorism.

The incident linked to the case occurred May 31, 2016, in Garden City. Evidence presented at trial showed that while Nichols held the judge in his home, he demanded a phone call be placed to the Kansas secretary of revenue, Schmidt said. During the call, he demanded that the Department of Revenue provide information related to state taxes.