Kansas Supreme Court upholds death penalty

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas’ highest court has upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a college student 20 years ago.

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday let stand Gary Kleypas’ death sentence in the 1996 rape and stabbing death of 20-year-old Pittsburg State University student Carrie Williams. The court did throw out Kleypas’ conviction of attempted rape and ordered him resentenced for aggravated burglary.

Kleypas was the first person to be sentenced to death in Kansas after it reinstated capital punishment in 1994. Kansas hasn’t executed anyone in more than 50 years, although 10 men are on the state’s death row.

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