Man gets 5 years for murder attempt

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan man convicted of one count of attempted second-degree murder was sentenced Friday in Riley County District Court to 59 months, or approximately five years, with the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Tyrell Brown, 27, originally was arrested in January after he 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, which Brown accepted in October, the state, represented by Assistant County Attorney Jeremy Crist, agreed to dismiss one of the counts of second-degree murder.

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.

Officials said it is now up to the Kansas Department of Corrections to determine where he serves those 59 months and that serving time at the hospital is a possibility.

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.

Police Lt. Josh Kyle said that Cooper had given Brown a ride to church that morning, which, 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.

Neither man gave a statement at Brown’s sentencing, which was presided over by Judge John Bosch.

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