September 15, 2019
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Maine man sentenced to life in prison for Kansas murder

File photo | BDN
File photo | BDN
Robert Colson, 35, of Bucksport.

MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. — A 35-year-old Maine man was sentenced to life in prison for killing a Kansas man while on a cross-country trip.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Robert Willard Colson, of Bucksport, Maine, was sentenced Thursday to life with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

[Maine man found guilty of murder in Kansas man’s death]

Colson was convicted in June for first-degree murder and three other charges in the August 2017 death of Matthew Miles Schoshke.

Prosecutors say Colson shot Schoshke at his home in Tescott after Schoshke returned from work. Colson drove to California, where he was arrested while trying to escape from an Amtrak train after a passenger was stabbed.

Prosecutors said Colson was on a bus trip from Maine to California when he missed his bus in Salina and walked until he stopped at Schoshke’s home.

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