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Derby man convicted in woman’s killing dies in prison

March 12, 2022 GMT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Derby man convicted of killing his girlfriend and trying to kill her teenage son in 2013 has died at a hospital, corrections officials said.

The Department of Corrections said Charles Beck, 48, died Friday at a Hutchinson hospital. The cause of death is being investigated but it is not believed to be related to COVID-19, the agency said in a news release.

Beck was serving a hard-25 sentence plus nearly 14 more years for convictions in Sedgwick and Russell counties.

He was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in Sedgwick County. In September 2013, he strangled Lonnie Staggs, 43, at a Derby home. He also stabbed and tried to strangle Staggs’ teenage son, who survived.

State prison records show Beck’s crimes in Russell County date back to 2006 and include battery against a correctional officer, possession of drugs, and violating a protection from abuse order, KSNW-TV reported.