Joplin man sentenced nearly 14 years in Kansas DOC

Michael W. Martsolf, 34, pleaded guilty to escape charges from May 2021
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Michael Martsolf, 34, Joplin, recaptured in Oklahoma after escaping the Cherokee County, Kan. jail, May 2021, courtesy Cherokee County Sheriff.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. — Cherokee County District Court handed down a nearly 14 year prison sentence to a Joplin, Missouri man on Friday morning.

Michael Wayne Martsolf, age 34, was sentenced to 165 months of incarceration in the Kansas Department of Corrections after having pled guilty in August of this year.


Martsolf pleaded guilty to a May 2021 Aggravated Escape from Custody as well as pleading guilty to violating his probation on a 2017 criminal case of Distributing Controlled Substances and Fleeing Law Enforcement.

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Martsolf was prosecuted by the Cherokee County Attorney’s Office.

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