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Woman Appeals Convictions for Double Homicide in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman is challenging her convictions in the 2002 shootings of her ex-husband and his fiancee as they slept in their Topeka home.  The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Dana Chandler, of Duncan, Oklahoma alleges that a Shawnee County District Court judge erred in imposing two "Hard 50" sentences. Chandler, now 55, received the sentences in 2012 for the killings of 47-year-old Mike Sisco and 53-year-old Karen Harkness. The sentences mean Chandler would have to serve 100 years before appearing in front of a parole board.  Chandler is asking the Kansas Supreme Court to vacate her convictions, grant her a new trial, or send the convictions back to Shawnee County District Court so she can be re-sentenced. The earliest the case could be argued would be in the fall.


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