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Bourbon County man gets 10 years for 1998 murder of Fort Scott truck driver

Larry Joe Gier, Jr. Larry Joe Gier, Jr.

Updated April 10, 2013: A Bourbon County, Kansas man is sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for  the death of a Fort Scott man.

The Kansas Attorney General's office confirms Larry Gier Jr. of Redfield was sentenced to serve a total of 148 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections: 128 months for involuntary manslaughter, 13 months for burglary, and seven months for theft, all to be run consecutive.  The court also ordered Gier to pay $200 in restitution and register as a violent offender.

Fort Scott truck driver Gregory Hines was first reported missing back in July of 1998.  Dried blood was found on the back steps of his home, leading to a police search of the surrounding area.  At the time, investigators found Hines' car in a parking lot of Fort Scott Community College.  Police also found his truck.

Police searched nearby strip pits with the help of search hounds but they didn't find Hines or a suspect.

It wasn't until May 2011 investigators caught a break.  Evidence led them to Gier, who later admitted to killing Hines.

Updated January 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM CST

News release issued by the Office of the Attorney General:

FORT SCOTT — (January 29, 2013) — A 14-year-old disappearance was resolved yesterday when Larry Gier Jr. of Redfield pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, burglary and theft in Bourbon County District Court, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced.

The victim, Gregory Hines of Fort Scott, disappeared in July 1998. Gier admitting killing Hines and entered his guilty pleas after ongoing investigations by the Fort Scott Police Department, Bourbon County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The investigation into Hines' death had remained open for more than 14 years, and was aided by DNA evidence, fingerprints and assistance from witnesses. Gier was arrested in Redfield on May 9, 2011.

The case was prosecuted by Bourbon County Attorney Terri Johnson and Kansas Assistant Attorney General Kristiane Bryant.

Gier is scheduled to be sentenced in Bourbon County District Court on March 26.

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Posted January 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM CST:  The Assisting Kansas Attorney General is in Bourbon County for an investigation, but officials are not saying why.

However, Don Brown, the Public Information Officer for the Kansas Attorney General's Office, tells KOAM "if the assisting attorney general is investigating something, it's big."

More information is expected from the Kansas Attorney General's office later today.

Updated Monday May 16, 2011 at 3:30 PM CST:  Second degree murder charges have been filed against Larry Joe Gier, Jr., age 41 of Redfield.  Gier is charged in the 1998 death of Gregory O. Hines of Fort Scott.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed the charges after his office was asked to assist in the case.

Gier is scheduled to appear in court at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

Updated May 9, 2011 at 8:49 PM CST:  It's been a murder mystery in southeast Kansas for nearly 13 years. Now authorities hope they've solved a cold case.

Fort Scott truck driver Gregory Hines was first reported missing back in July of 1998.

Back then, dried blood on the back steps of this home tipped off employees of a lawn care service that something was wrong.

That led to a police search of the surrounding area and the discovery of Hines' car in a parking lot of Fort Scott Community College.

Police also found his truck.

Police searched nearby strip pits with the help of search hounds but they didn't find Hines or a suspect.

But now a break.

Police today announced the arrest of 40-year-old Larry Joe Gier of rural Bourbon County on a charge of second degree murder.

Gier has served time in both Kansas -- and Missouri prisons.

Authorities say the arrest follows a long investigation by city, county and state authorities.

Few other details have been released.

Updated May 9, 2011 5:05 PM CST:  Fort Scott truck driver Greg Hines was reported missing in July 1998.

Dried blood were found on the back steps of his home, leading to a police search of the surrounding area.

At the time, investigators found Hines' car in a parking lot of Fort Scott Community College - but no sign of Hines.

This afternoon Fort Scott police announced the arrest of Larry Joe Gier after what authorities say follows a long investigation by city, county and state authorities.

Posted May 9, 2011 at 4:19 PM CST:  Authorities say they have arrested Larry Joe Grier, age 41, of rural Bourbon County, Kansas for second degree murder.

Grier is suspected of murdering Gregory O. Hines in 1998.

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