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A 20-YEAR-OLD HAS PLEADED NO CONTEST TO A CHARGE OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE 2011 DEATH OF 14-YEAR-OLD KAILEE CLAPP OF MCCOOK.
THE RED WILLOW COUNTY DISTRICT COURT OFFICE REPORTS STATHIS KIRKPATRICK APPEARED BEFORE THE COURT AT 10 AM THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, WITH HIS TWO COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEYS, AND ENTERED A PLEA OF “NO CONTEST” TO THE CHARGE OF 1ST DEGREE MURDER, A CLASS I FELONY. IN EXCHANGE FOR THIS PLEA, THE OTHER TWO CHARGES AGAINST HIM WERE DROPPED. THEY WERE 1) USING A KNIFE TO COMMIT A FELONY, A CLASS II FELONY, AND 2) THROWING AWAY OR ABANDONING HUMAN REMAINS, A CLASS IV FELONY. THE 1ST DEGREE MURDER CHARGE CARRIES A MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCE. THE DEATH PENALTY IS NOT A CONSIDERATION IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE. UNDER THE GUISE OF FRIENDSHIP, MR. KIRKPATRICK LURED KAILEE FROM HER HOME, MURDERED HER AND BURNED HER BODY,” SAID ATTORNEY GENERAL JON BRUNING IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT ISSUED BY HIS OFFICE. KAILEE CLAPP WAS REPORTED MISSING ON JANUARY 21, 2011, ACCORDING TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE. LATER THAT NIGHT, LAW ENFORCEMENT DISCOVERED HER BURNED BODY AT THE BARTLEY CEMETERY. SENTENCING FOR KIRKPATRICK IS SET FOR NOVEMBER 20 AT 1:00.