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Kansas man sentenced to death for killing family

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge has sentenced a former Columbia city official to death for fatally shooting his estranged wife, two daughters and his wife’s grandmother.

Judge Phillip Fromme sentenced 48-year-old James Kraig Kahler on Tuesday. Kahler was convicted in August of killing his four family members in November 2009. The jury recommended the death sentence.

Kahler was convicted of killing 44-year-old Karen Kahler; her grandmother, 89-year-old grandmother Dorothy Wight; and the Kahlers’ two daughters, 18-year-old Emily and 16-year-old Lauren, at Wight’s home in Burlingame, Kan.

A psychiatrist testified during the trial that Kahler had been upset with his daughters for siding with their mother, and that he believed Wight should have encouraged his wife to stay in their marriage.

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