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Man convicted in deaths of two victims in Topeka in 2018

July 21, 2021 GMT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Washington County man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the beating and stabbing deaths of a Topeka woman and her cousin.

Richard D. Showalter, 34, of Greenleaf, was found guilty Tuesday for his role in the killings of Lisa Sportsman, 28, and her 17-year-old cousin, Jesse Polinskey, at a Topeka home on July 23, 2018.

Showalter’s sentencing was set for Oct. 8, WIBW reported.

Showalter was one of three men charged in the deaths. Lisa Sportsman was the estranged wife of Bradley D. Sportsman, 43, of Hollenberg, who was sentenced to nearly 46 years in prison after pleading guilty in October to two counts of second-degree murder.

Matthew D. Hutto, 22, of Clay Center, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences, District Attorney Mike Kagay said.