Kansas woman gets 20-year sentence for stabbing death

1 year 3 months 1 week ago December 15, 2015 Dec 15, 2015 Tuesday, December 15 2015 Tuesday, December 15, 2015 11:41:14 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A Kansas woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the stabbing death of a man whose body was found in a northwest Missouri river.

The St. Joseph News-Press reported 44-year-old Kelli Hoard, of Elwood, Kansas, was sentenced Monday for the death of 28-year-old Richard Berry. His body was discovered in April beside the Third Fork of the Platte River near a bridge.

Hoard, also known as Kelli Reeves, was among three people charged in the killing. A probable cause statement alleged Hoard stabbed the victim with a knife, while the two men pinned Berry to the ground.

The prosecution said the autopsy showed Berry had been stabbed 37 times. The defense, in an attempt for a lesser sentence, noted that Hoard had no prior record.

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