Colorado man sentenced to 17 years in prison for second degree intentional murder, aggravated robbery


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JETMORE – (June 22, 2020) – A Colorado man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for second degree intentional murder and aggravated robbery, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Emilio Nunez-Torres, 46, of Fort Collins, Colorado, in February pleaded guilty to one count of second degree intentional murder and one count of aggravated robbery in Hodgeman County District Court. Nunez-Torres was charged with the crimes in connection with the September 2018 death of Bayron Diaz Bautista in rural Hodgeman County.

Chief Judge Bruce Gatterman on Friday sentenced Nunez-Torres to 155 months for second degree murder and 59 months for aggravated robbery. The sentences are to be served consecutively in the Kansas Department of Corrections for a total of 214 months.

Two additional defendants pleaded guilty on Friday to charges in connection with the crimes. Veronica Nunez, 24, of Garden City, pleaded guilty to one felony count of aggravated battery and one felony count of criminal threat. Emilio Nunez-Bahena, 28, of Fort Collins, Colorado, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit robbery and one felony count of aggravated robbery. Chief Judge Gatterman accepted the pleas and scheduled sentencing for both defendants for July 22.

Assistant Attorney General Jessica Domme of Schmidt’s office is prosecuting the three cases. The cases were investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Office.

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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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