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Man sentenced for burning woman to death, injuring officers


October 29, 2021

COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) — A Baxter Springs man who killed his neighbor and injured two police officers by setting them on fire has been sentenced to life in prison.

Harvey Raymond Ortberg, 53, was sentenced Monday for first-degree murder in the 2017 death of 65-year-old Sharon Horn. He was sentenced to an additional nine years and four months for aggravated battery against the officers. The sentences will run consecutively.

Ortberg pleaded guilty in July, The Joplin Globe reported.

Prosecutors said Ortberg attacked Horn and set her on fire in her Baxter Springs home on Sept. 30, 2017.


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