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Washington Man Sentenced To 27 Years For Attempted Murder, Related Charges

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MARYSVILLE – (May 7, 2019) – A Washington man was sentenced yesterday to more than 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder and related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Jeffery Scott Guenther, 48, pleaded guilty in February to one count of attempted first degree murder, two counts of attempted second degree murder, one count of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated arson, one count of aggravated escape from custody, one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated escape from custody, two counts of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling, one count of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied building, one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one count of criminal damage to property and one count of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

District Judge James A. Patton sentenced Guenther to a total of 327 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The crimes occurred in October 2017 in connection with an escape from the Marshall County jail. Matson Zane Hatfield, 31, of Marysville, was sentenced to more than 47 years in prison on related charges in November of last year.

The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Marysville Police Department. Assistant Attorney Adam Zentner of Schmidt’s office and Marshall County Attorney Laura Johnson-McNish prosecuted the case.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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