Iola man sentenced in killing cover-up



April 6, 2018 - 11:00 PM

James Myers

James Myers has been sentenced to 28 months in prison for his role in helping cover up the murder of Iolan Shawn Cook in March 2016.

District Judge Daniel Creitz handed down the sentence March 26, noting that delaying Myers’ sentencing to this summer — after co-defendant Joshua Knapp goes to trial to face first-degree murder charges — could effectively have kept Myers in custody longer than Kansas sentencing guidelines would have allowed. Myers has been in custody about 20 months, since his arrest in July 2016.

Myers was among five defendants accused of first-degree murder in Cook’s killing, before pleading no contest to four counts of interfering with law enforcement in September as part of a plea deal.

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