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A homeless man who stabbed another man to death on the banks of the Little Arkansas River last year was sentenced Thursday to 7 1/2 years in prison.
Zachary A. Contreras, 29, pleaded guilty in September to voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of Francisco J. Tito Perez, 39, who lived in the apartments at 400 W. Central. He also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for threatening another man with a knife during the confrontation.
The incident prompted the city to remove some decaying docks and a concrete path next to the apartments. Residents said the path had been a hangout for homeless people who gathered there to drink.
Next week’s appeals in the cases of convicted Wichita murderers Jonathan and Reginald Carr are the first of many anticipated before their death penalties, if upheld, could reasonably be imposed, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said Thursday.
And it could be years before every appeal available to the brothers is exhausted.
“This is the very first appeal in this case, even though it is now some 12 years old,” Bennett said of the Carrs’ appeals, which are scheduled to be heard Tuesday by the Kansas Supreme Court.
A Wichita man on Tuesday was charged with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties for lewdly fondling or touching a 9-year-old child.
Clifford R. McCammon, 60, was booked into Sedgwick County Jail on Friday on suspicion of the crimes, which allegedly occurred sometime between Aug. 27, 2012, and Aug. 26, according to jail and Sedgwick County District Court documents. In a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, he is accused of touching the child “with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires” of the youth, himself or both.
McCammon is held in lieu of $100,000 bond and is due back in court on Dec. 24 for a preliminary hearing. At his first appearance Tuesday afternoon, McCammon told Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert that he planned to hire a lawyer rather than apply for a court-appointed attorney.
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