Jul 22, 2021 9:00 AM

Man convicted in murder of Kan. woman, her teen cousin

Posted Jul 22, 2021 9:00 AM
Richard Showalter photo Shawnee Co.
Richard Showalter photo Shawnee Co.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 34-year-old Kansas man has been convicted in the deaths of a woman and her cousin in Topeka.

Richard Showalter, of Greenleaf in Washington County, was convicted Tuesday for his role in the beating and stabbing deaths of 28-year-old Lisa Sportsman and her 17-year-old cousin, Jesse Polinskey in July 2018.

Sportsman photo Shawnee County
Sportsman photo Shawnee County

Showalter was the third man convicted in the case. Lisa Sportsman was the estranged wife of 43-year-old Bradley Sportsman, of Hollenberg, who pleaded guilty in October to two counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced to almost 46 years in prison.

Matthew Hutto photo KDOC
Matthew Hutto photo KDOC

The third suspect, 22-year-old Matthew Hutto, of Clay Center, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.