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Murder at Mental Health Facility Exposes Gaps in Kansas System

Brandon Brown exits court after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for the beating death of Jerry Martinez. Brandon, who has schizophrenia, cycled in and out of state hospitals and other psychiatric facilities for years.

Nearly a year-and-half ago, a man murdered a fellow resident in a Kansas mental health facility. The man’s father says growing gaps in the state’s treatment system contributed to the tragedy. And he’s warning there could be more tragedies if lawmakers don’t respond. Jim McLean, with the Kansas News Service, has the story.

Meg Wingerter, of the Kansas News Service, also contributed to the reporting of this story.

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