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Neodesha man sentenced in 2016 murder

A Kansas man has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for a 2016 death in Neodesha. The Kansas Attorney General’s office says 37-year-old DeJay Lynn Schlegel, of Neodesha, was sentenced Wednesday in the December 2016 death of Michael Elam. Schlegel pleaded no contest in May to second-degree murder, arson, interference with law enforcement and theft.

Elam was found dead inside his home after it burned down. Investigators say Schlegel and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Hayley Hurst, broke into Elam’s home.

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