A Park man entered a plea to amended charges in the 2017 stabbing death of a Hoxie man and stabbing of a Quinter woman.
Anthony Turner, 25, appeared Thursday morning before 23rd Judicial District Chief Judge Glenn Braun in Ellis County District Court. Braun has overseen the case, with proceedings also taking place in Gove and Trego county courts, which are part of the 23rd District.
Turner pleaded no contest to charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery in a plea agreement reached Wednesday afternoon. A trial was to have taken place next month.
The plea agreement does not include a recommendation for sentencing. According to state sentencing guidelines, Turner could receive between 31 and 136 months in prison for the involuntary manslaughter charge and seven to 23 months for the aggravated battery charge.
Sentencing is yet to be scheduled and will likely take place in Gove County District Court. Turner remains in custody of the Gove County Sheriff's office.
Turner was arrested following an early-morning altercation on June 6, 2017, at a Quinter hotel. According to a Kansas Bureau of Investigation report, James “Dalton” Brown, 24, Hoxie suffered multiple stab wounds. He was transported to Gove County Medical Center, where he died.
A Quinter woman, Jordyn O’Neal, was also injured and transported to a Wichita hospital with non-life threatening stab wounds, according to the KBI report.
Turner was later located at a Quinter residence and arrested by the Gove County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Highway Patrol. He was treated for a gunshot wound believed to have occurred during the hotel altercation.