Man admits he killed his wife
A Lansing man entered a guilty plea Monday to first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping charges in the death of his estranged wife.
Patricia Kruse Hicks, 37, disappeared in April 2004, and her body was found two days later in a pond west of Lansing. She had filed for divorce and sought an order for protection from her husband, Gary Hicks.
In Leavenworth County District Court, Gary Hicks admitted he had kidnapped Patricia Kruse Hicks from her Olathe home and drowned her in a Leavenworth County pond.
Sentencing was set for July 22.
Hicks, 37, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, but the plea agreement means he could face a parole board after 25 years rather than 50 years under sentencing guidelines.