Pittsburg man sentenced for killing his father

Woodson, Michael

Mugshot of Michael Woodson (Crawford County Sheriff’s Office)

PITTSBURG, Kan. – A man is sentenced for killing his father in Pittsburg, Kansas. Authorities say he called 911 and told them he fatally shot his dad.

Michael Woodson took an Alford plea on Jan. 12, 2021, to first degree murder (intentional and premeditated) and aggravated burglary of a dwelling.

In an Alford plea, the defendant doesn’t have to admit they are guilty. Instead, all they are admitting is that the state’s case is strong enough to convict them.

A Crawford County judge gave Woodson a little more than 17 years in prison (208 months) and three years probation.

The crime happened in April 2020. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office got a 911 call from a resident at 1313 West Atkinson.

The resident, Michael J. Woodson, reported that he had just shot his father, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Officers responded to the home and arrested Woodson. Authorities found David M. Buckley, 53, of Pittsburg, dead inside the house.

The Pittsburg Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, and Crawford County EMS all responded to the scene.