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Man guilty in death of woman found in gas-filled Topeka home

January 6, 2022 GMT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges in the 2019 killing of a woman whose body was found in a natural gas-filled Topeka home.

Jeremy Lardner pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder charge, as well as aggravated robbery and kidnapping, in the death of 36-year-old Brandi Prchal. As part of a plea deal, a first-degree murder charge and other counts were dropped.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said the deal also included agreement from Lardner’s defense team to a prison term of up to nearly 49 years on all the counts when Lardner is sentenced on Jan. 27.

Lardner remains in custody on $1 million bond.

Police and paramedics were called to a Topeka house on Nov. 1, 2019, and arrived to find the home filled with natural gas. First responders who entered the home also found Lardner unconscious inside and took him to a hospital, where he recovered. They also found Prchal’s body in the home Police said she appeared to have died from blunt-force trauma.