Sentencing delayed for 18-year-old Kansan in shooting death of 9-year-old stepbrother

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SALINA, Kansas — Sentencing for an 18-year-old Kansan who pleaded guilty to shooting his 9-year-old stepbrother to death has been delayed until Nov. 3.

Ryan Velez was scheduled to be sentenced Monday for second-degree murder for the June 2010 death of Kaden Harper. Velez was 14 when his stepbrother was killed at their family home near Assaria.

The Salina Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1mKLvyQ ) an attorney for Velez needed more time to review reports from Larned State Hospital. Velez had been housed at Larned from 2011 until mid-July, when he pleaded guilty to his brother's death.

His stay at Larned was not to exceed 10 years and three months. Because Velez was released before his sentence was complete, he was referred back to district court for sentencing.


Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com

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