Man found guilty of attempted murder

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan man was found guilty of one count of attempted second-degree murder in Riley County District Court Tuesday afternoon.

Tyrell Brown, 27, originally was arrested in January after he reportedly shot a man following a Sunday church service. Another man was also involved in the incident, and Brown was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

As a part of his plea deal, the state, represented by Assistant County Attorney Jeremy Crist, agreed to dismiss one of the counts of second-degree murder, and Brown pleaded no contest to the other count.

Though Brown, represented by Larry McRell, was found competent to stand trial, it was recommended in the plea agreement that Brown, who is taking medication for a mental disorder, serve any term of incarceration at Larned State Security Hospital.

By pleading no contest to second-degree murder, Brown could face a minimum term of 55 months and a maximum term of 247 months in prison. He also will be required to register as an offender.

On Jan. 15, the Riley County Police Department received a call that Marcus Cooper, 51, Manhattan, had been shot by Brown during a scuffle in Cooper’s car, as he drove Brown and another man, Clayton Burgess, 51, Manhattan, home from a church service. 

Lt. Josh Kyle said that Cooper had given Brown a ride to church that morning, which, Cooper said was a normal routine, but, while at church, Cooper said Brown began to act bizarrely and was asked to leave. Kyle said that after the service, Cooper found Brown sitting in Cooper’s vehicle.

He said that Cooper did not feel comfortable riding alone with Brown so he asked Burgess to ride with him as he drove Brown home.

As the three men approached Brown’s apartment at Flint Hills Place, Kyle said Brown took a handgun from his bag and a struggle ensued.  Kyle said that during the struggle, Cooper was shot in the right arm and the bullet came to rest in his torso. Cooper and Burgess were able to get the gun away from Brown and call the police, Kyle said. Burgess was not injured.

Brown’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 7 at the Riley County District Courthouse.

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