GREAT BEND, Kansas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) A Texas woman has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for her role in the death of a Kansas couple who were killed on the orders of a carnival worker as part of a fictional “carnival mafia” initiation.
Kimberley Stacey Younger, 55, of Aransas Pass, Texas, was sentenced Monday, Nov. 29, to death after Alfred Carpenter, 78, and his 79-year-old wife, Pauline, told the Kansas Attorney General’s office.
Younger was one of four people convicted for their roles in the couple’s death in July 2018.
Investigators said one of the suspects ordered others to kill the carpenters as part of an inauguration ritual for a “carnival mafia” that did not exist.
The carpenters were killed after working at the Barton County Fair. Their bodies were found in a national forest near Van Buren, Arkansas.
Younger was also sentenced to just over 20 years for conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder and theft. The penalties will be served continuously.
Rusty Frasier, 37, of Aransas Pass, Texas, was sentenced last year to life without probation for 50 years on each of two charges of first-degree murder.
Michael Fowler, 56, of Sarasota, Florida, was previously sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and theft. Christine Tenney, 40, of La Marque, Texas, was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for aggravated robbery and eight months for preventing the arrest.
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