Immediate sentencing sought for Kansas teen in fire deaths

Samuel Vonachen (KSN Photo)
Samuel Vonachen (KSN Photo)

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – A prosecutor is calling for the Kansas Supreme Court to order a judge to immediately sentence a Hutchinson boy for killing his mother and sister in a fire.

The Hutchinson News ( ) reports that a Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder also wants Samuel Vonachen immediately moved to the county jail. Schroeder made the request Wednesday in a 21-page petition.

The petition stems from the judge ordering Vonachen to remain in juvenile custody pending sentencing and then ordering that the teen undergo a mental evaluation.

Vonachen was convicted last month of two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of attempted murder and aggravated arson for the September 2013 fire that killed 47-year-old Karla Jo Vonachen and 11-year-old Audrey Vonachen. He was 14 at the time of the fire.

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