Archive for Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Third Dollar General murder suspect sentenced

May 13, 2009

The third and final suspect in the Dollar General murder in Bonner Springs was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum amount allowed for a juvenile.

Amber Russell, 18, of Lenexa, was sentenced to be held in juvenile lock up until the age 22 and a half and will receive after care until the age 23. Russell plead guilty April 13 to first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery for her participation in the Nov. 11, 2005 murder of Robin Bell at the Bonner Springs Dollar General.

Russell, who was 15 at the time of the murder, made a deal with the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office that she would be tried as a minor in exchange for her truthful testimony in the trials of Robert Haberlein and John Backus. Both men were sentenced last month to life in prison for their involvement in the murder.

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