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Kansas Supreme Court upholds Fort Scott man's conviction in wife's death during arson fire


TOPEKA, Kansas — The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the felony murder conviction of a Fort Scott man whose wife died in an arson fire.

In an opinion released Friday, the court rejected arguments made by Brent Bollinger in an appeal of his life sentence for the death of Brenna Nicole Bollinger. She died in a fire at the couple's home in October 2013. The couple's 2-year-old son, Bryson, was hospitalized for nearly a month after the fire. Bollinger also suffered serious burns in the fire.

Brenna Bollinger had filed for divorce but still lived at the house.

Bollinger argued in his appeal that his wife had no interest in the home, which is an essential part of the state's arson law. He also claimed the prosecutor made inappropriate comments during the trial.

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