Kansas man sentenced in 2016 killing in Neodesha

August 09, 2018 - 6:43 pm

A Kansas man has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for a 2016 death in Neodesha.

The Kansas Attorney General's office says DeJay Lynn Schlegel, 37, of Neodesha, was sentenced Wednesday in the December 2016 death of Michael Elam.

Schlegel pleaded no contest in May to second-degree murder, arson, interference with law enforcement and theft.

Elam was found dead inside his home after it burned down. Investigators say Schlegel and his girlfriend, Hayley Hurst, 25, broke into Elam's home.

Hurst has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and theft.

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