Topeka man sentenced to 2 life terms

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Shawnee County judge has sentenced a 40-year-old Topeka man to two consecutive life sentences for two murders more than a decade apart.

Shawnee County District Court Judge David Debenham on Friday sentenced Monroe Eugene Lockhart III to two consecutive life sentences for the murder of Corey Brown in 2012 and Damon Anderson in 2000.

Lockhart pleaded guilty Jan. 16 to premeditated first-degree murder in the Jan. 3, 2012, slaying of Brown, and the Valentine’s Day 2000 death of Anderson. Both victims were from Topeka.

Lockhart has to serve 50 years — 25 years on each of the life sentences — before he’s eligible for parole. The life terms also are consecutive to a nearly 10-year sentence tied to a violent Topeka home invasion.

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