Judge sends Wichita woman to prison for ex-stepdad’s murder
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Wichita woman to life in prison for murdering her ex-stepfather during a plot designed to get back at him for allegedly molesting her as a child.
Micaela L. Spencer, 27, will serve at least 50 years for murder along with a total of 51 months on other charges connected to the killing of 50-year-old William “Billy” G. Callison in 2019, The Wichita Eagle reported.
District Judge David Dahl described it as a heartbreaking case that no one involved would forget.
Authorities say Spencer and her then-boyfriend, Royce A. Thomas, 28, lured Callison to his death by promising him sex in exchange for $45 and some marijuana on May 12, 2019. They stabbed him repeatedly with pocket knives after meeting him at his camper.
Prosecutors said the couple mutilated Callison and left him for dead, but Spencer’s boyfriend said in a police interview that Callison wasn’t alive when they disfigured him, according to an affidavit released in the case.
Jurors convicted Spencer of first-degree premeditated murder, misdemeanor selling sexual relations and two counts of felony theft on Sept. 2.
Thomas pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder and two counts of theft and is serving more than 54 years in prison.
Through her defense attorney, Spencer on Tuesday maintained that the murder wasn’t premeditated and the plan to punish Callison was supposed to go differently.