Man sentenced to life in prison for death of Salina woman; woman gets probation


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SALINA, Kansas — A Salina man who admitted beating a woman to death with a heavy chain dog collar was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Twenty-six-year-old Joel Heil was sentenced Tuesday for first-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Kristin Tyler. She was killed in April 2013 and her body was found in May of that year.

Another man, 33-year-old Dane DeWeese, has been convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy in Tyler's death. His girlfriend, Megan Wells, was sentenced Tuesday probation for helping DeWeese escape arrest in the case.

Prosecutors say all those involved in the case were involved in drug use, particularly methamphetamine.

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