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Lee sentenced to 13 years for 2015 death

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Cleveland Lee Cleveland Lee
Ronald Kendricks Ronald Kendricks
PARSONS, KANSAS -

4/20/2016:  According to court documents, Lee was sentenced to thirteen years for the death of Ronald Kendricks. Lee is charged with Voluntary Manslaughter, and is eligible for parole pending good time served.

Lee's attorney fees were waived, but he must pay Crimes Victims Services ($3,500) and court fines.

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3/22/2016: Today in Labette County Court the prosecutor presented an amended complaint that charges Cleveland Lee with voluntary Manslaughter.  Lee plead no contest.  He sentencing hearing is set for April 20, 2016. 

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Cleveland Lee appeared in court today. A motion for a competency evaluation was granted Labette County Court. Additionally, the defense attorney had a conflict of interest and motioned to withdraw counsel. The judge approved that motion. Lee is scheduled for court August 20, 2015.

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Updated 6/25/2015:  According to the probable cause on the morning of April 19th, Cleveland Lee had made threats to shoot at a home of a relative. Thirty minutes later the police responded to a home in reference to shots fired, witnesses said they saw Lee fire his gun into the air, but he had fled the scene before police arrived. 

Witnesses say Robert Kendricks was looking for Lee because he owed hundreds of dollars to Kendricks, most likely for drugs according to the court documents. 

Later that day Lee was at his sister's home, 3118 Washington, when he went outside, his sister then heard two gunshots, ran outside, and found Robert Kendricks in the road with a gunshot wound to the chest. 

Lee allegedly fled the scene, going to the home of another ma he had threatened earlier in the day according to the report. the man was not home but his children were home with a babysitter and Lee soon left. Lee later turned himself into police two days later. 

Lee is also charged with felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threat, and aggravated child endangerment

His next court date is July 28th

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Updated 5/4/2015 1:35 PM:  Lee refused to come out of his cell. Defense attorney requested a mental evaluation, and the judge granted the request. No date has been determined on the next court date. 

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Updated 4/21/2015 4PM: Cleveland L. Lee has been charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree. His bond has been set to $500,000.

Updated 4/21/2015: Parsons Police Department have made an arrest in connection with the shooting death. Authorities are not saying who they arrested or what the charge is. PPD say they are no longer looking for Cleveland Lee. 

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Updated 4/20/2015

Press Release From City Parsons:

Early in the morning of April 20 the Parsons Police Department served multiple search warrants in the investigation of a shooting that took place at 3118 Washington in Parsons that resulted in the death of Ronald Keith Kendricks, 35 years old.

Several items were recovered and taken into evidence as the investigation continues. No arrests have been made at this time, however the Parsons Police Department is still actively looking for Cleveland L. Lee in connection with this incident. The Parsons Police Department appreciates all the community help and anyone with relevant information to the incident or the location of Mr. Lee should contact our department at 620-421-7060 or email tips@parsonspd.com

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Updated 4/19/2015

Press Release From City of Parsons:

On April 19, 2015, at approximately 6:21pm, the Parsons Police Department responded to a 911 call involving shots fired at 3118 Washington, Parsons, KS. Emergency Medical Services and Police were dispatched to the scene.

On scene one individual was unresponsive due to injury and was later pronounced dead.

The Police Department has identified Cleveland Lavell Lee, 32 years old, as a person of interest, but no arrests have been made at this time.

The Parsons Police Department is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. Anyone with information relevant to the incident or location of Mr. Lee is asked to contact the Parsons Police Department.

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