State seeking 'hard 50' sentence in Seacat killing

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Posted: Jun 11, 2013 4:28 PM
State seeking 'hard 50' sentence in Seacat killing

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) — The former Kansas lawman convicted in the death of his wife could face a punishment that would keep him in prison for decades.

Jurors found Brett Seacat guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his 34-year-old wife, Vashti Seacat, in their home just days after she filed for divorce in 2011.

Sentencing was set for Aug. 5, and prosecutors say they intend to seek a "hard 50" sentence, which means Seacat would have no chance for parole for at least 50 years.

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Investigators found Vashti Seacat's body among the charred remains of the Kingman house where the couple lived with their two sons, ages 2 and 4.

Brett Seacat, a former police instructor and sheriff's deputy, escaped the blaze safely with the two boys.