Man sentenced for killing a homeless man in southeast Kansas

Man sentenced for killing a homeless man in southeast Kansas
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Ty and Diana Bohlander

A judge sentences Ty Bohlander to nearly five years (59 months) in prison for killing a homeless man from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ty’s mother, Diana, was also scheduled to be sentenced today, however, her attorney is sick.

The two suspects pleaded guilty in July to killing 64-year-old James McFarland. Authorities found his body on April 30th, 2017, alongside a rural Cherokee County, Kansas road near Baxter Springs.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said as the case evolved, detectives quickly identified Ty and Diana as suspects.

Authorities believe Diana was involved in a romantic relationship with McFarland. The Sheriff’s Office says McFarland and the Bohlanders were living out of a van.

McFarland died of blunt force trauma to the head during an argument with Ty, according to authorities.

During the search for the Bohlander’s, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigators got information leading them to believe the suspects traveled to Aurora Colorado, Cheyenne Wyoming, and eventually to Southern California after killing McFarland.

Ty Bohlander was arrested in California in March 2019. Diana surrendered to authorities about a month later in Santa Barbara, California. She was there using the alias, Heather Mimms.

Ty and Diana pleaded guilty in July, reducing the first degree murder charges against them to voluntary manslaughter.

The judge, today, also ordered Ty to be registered as a violent offender for 15 years.

Man sentenced for killing a homeless man in southeast Kansas

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