Nov 13, 2020

Kan. man resentenced for death of man on bicycle

Posted Nov 13, 2020 2:00 AM
Lukone photo KDOC
Lukone photo KDOC

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A Kansas man whose short sentence was overturned by the Court of Appeals has been resentenced to just over 10 years in prison.

Taylor Lukone, 21, was resentenced Thursday in Reno County District Court and given the two-year sentence for reckless second-degree murder in the death of 51-year-old Jose Lopez.

Lukone rammed Lopez, who was on a bicycle, with his car. The incident happened following a confrontation between the two.

After the Court of Appeals said the sentence was outside the framework of the legal standards and statutory limitations, and constituted an abuse of discretion, the case went to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case and sent it back to Reno County for resentencing

This time around there was little argument from either party. Judge Trish Rose sentenced Lukone on the murder count to 123 months. Two other counts will run concurrent to the murder count. Lukone will also have to pay $25,000 in restitution.