Willard sentenced to 14 years in prison - KOAM TV 7

Willard sentenced to 14 years in prison

PITTSBURG, KANSAS - Updated February 6, 2015:  Willard, 55 of Pittsburg sentenced to 14 years in prison for his Voluntary Manslaugher conviction for the death of Arlin Evans. The court made specific findings that Willard did not act in self defense;

Updated November 21, 2014:  James Willard, 55 of Pittsburg was convicted of Voluntary Manslaugher. His sentencing is set for 1/16/15.

According to Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso, "We had a pretrial hearing set for all afternoon and he decided to plead instead .. voluntary manslaughter is a killing that is done in "a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion."

On Saturday, October 12, 2013 at approximately 4:37 a.m. the Pittsburg Police Department responded to the 2000 block of John F. Kennedy Street, Pittsburg, for a report of a male subject at the residence who was injured and requesting help. Upon arrival at the residence, law enforcement located a white male subject, who was later identified as 39 year old Arlin Lee EVANS. EVANS was transported to Via Christi Medical Center in Pittsburg for life threatening injuries, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

At approximately 2:35 p.m., the Pittsburg Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation arrested 54 year old James Dale WILLARD in connection to the death investigation. WILLARD has been transported to the Crawford County Jail and booked in for 2nd Degree Murder.
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