Convicted murderer gets life in prison
A Lansing man has received concurrent prison sentences, one for life and another for 155 months, in the 2004 kidnapping and drowning death of his estranged wife.
Gary Hicks, 37, had pleaded guilty in Leavenworth County District Court in May to aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder. The body of Patricia Kruse was discovered April 21, 2004, in a pond west of Lansing, three days after she was last seen alive at her Olathe home.
The sentence was handed down Friday by Judge Frederick Stewart.