Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Windsor man found guilty of 1st Degree Murder

The Henry County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that on December 16, 2022, Shane Chesher, 37, Windsor, was found guilty by a Henry County jury of murder in the first degree, armed criminal action, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney LaChrisha Gray prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Missouri. Chesher was represented by his counsel.

The Prosecutor’s Office filed charges based on a March 2022 incident in which the victim, Gail Kirn, and Chesher had been in a dispute over money at Chesher’s home on Poplar Drive in Windsor.

Mr. Kirn left Chesher’s property on foot. Several blocks away at the 300 block of Jefferson Street in Windsor, Chesher struck Kirn with his vehicle, a full size truck. 

Chesher exited his vehicle, stomped on Kirn’s chest, and then fled the scene. Chesher later fled the state and was eventually apprehended in western Kansas about 10 days later. Mr. Kirn succumbed to his injuries the same day Chesher was apprehended.

Chesher pled not guilty and requested a speedy jury trial, which was conducted the week of December 12, 2022. More than one hundred Henry County citizens were summoned to appear for the jury selection process.

Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray presented more than twenty witnesses, various videos, and other evidence concerning the incident to the jury for consideration. In addition to local law enforcement agencies, the Kansas State Highway Patrol and Topeka Kansas Police

Department all sent officers from their agencies to testify concerning evidence for which they were involved.

The case was submitted to the jury of twelve some time before 5:00 PM on December 16 and a verdict was rendered after 7:00 PM.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty to all counts. Sentencing is not yet set as a sentencing assessment report will need to be generated by Missouri Probation and Parole.

According to Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray, Chesher must receive a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the count of murder in the first degree, but also faces imprisonment in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each of the other two counts.

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