Man Convicted in Woman’s Murder


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A Topeka man has been convicted in a double shooting that left one woman dead and her life partner seriously injured.

A Shawnee County jury on Wednesday convicted 19-year-old Jimmy Jermal Netherland of felony first-degree murder and five other charges. He will be sentenced March 8.

Netherland was one of nine people charged in the July 2011 death of 40-year-old Natalie Gibson and the wounding of 43-year-old Lori Allison. The women were shot in their driveway after returning from a birthday celebration for Gibson.

Prosecutors say the suspects drove to the women’s home to steal a TV but the couple was shot when they arrived home.

Netherland’s attorneys contended he was not at the crime scene.

Trials for two other defendants ended with hung juries on the murder counts.


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