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Suspects in southeast Kansas murder enter guilty plea

Bohlander guilty pleas
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Bohlander Pleas

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. - Mother and son, Ty and Diana Bohlander, plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges in the 2017 death of James McFarland from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

On April 30th, 2017, the deceased body of McFarland was found alongside a rural Cherokee County road near Baxter Springs.

"As the case evolved, detectives quickly identified Ty Bohlander and his mother Diana Bohlander, as suspects, leading to First Degree Murder charges being filed against both of them and arrest warrants being issued," according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

Authorities believe Diana was involved in a romantic relationship with McFarland. Authorities say the two suspects were also homeless at the time.

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.

The Bohlanders are expected to be sentenced in September.

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