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Capital Punishment Information

by Nancy Burghart — last modified Nov 14, 2023 03:06 PM
The State of Kansas has not conducted an execution since 1965.


  • The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the death penalty laws in 40 states, including Kansas, in 1972. After several previous attempts, the 1994 Legislature enacted a death penalty law, which Governor Joan Finney allowed to become law without her signature. The statute took effect on July 1, 1994.
  • Kansas statute established the death penalty by lethal injection as a sentencing option for offenders 18 years of age and older who are convicted of capital murder (K.S.A. 21-3439).
  • A number of inmates have been convicted of capital murder but sentenced to life in prison (with a minimum term of 25 years to parole eligibility) instead of death.
  • Kansas does not have a separate “death row.” Inmates sentenced to death are typically housed in El Dorado Correctional Facility (EDCF), along with other inmates who are in administrative segregation.
  • Inmate Scott Cheever was sentenced to death for the murder of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels. Inmate Cheever is held in the Administrative Segregation Unit at Lansing Correctional Facility (LCF) due to the number of friends and family of Sheriff Samuels who are employed at EDCF.
  • In the event that a female inmate is sentenced to death, she will be held at the Topeka Correctional Facility (TCF), the only facility for female inmates in Kansas.
  • Inmates managed at EDCF or TCF will be transferred to the Lansing Correctional Facility within a week of the scheduled date of the execution.
  • The average annual cost of incarceration at the El Dorado Correctional Facility for Fiscal Year 2016 was $25,596.


Name KDOC#RaceDate of BirthDate Capital
 Sentence Imposed
County of Conviction
Kyle Trevor Flack 84374 White Jun 18, 1985 May 18, 2016 Franklin
James Kraig Kahler 101355  White Jan. 15, 1963 Oct. 11, 2011 Osage
Justin Eugene Thurber 93868 White March 14, 1983 March 20, 2009 Cowley
Gary Wayne Kleypas 66129 White Oct. 8, 1955 Dec. 3, 2008 Crawford
Scott Dever Cheever 72423 White Aug. 19, 1981 January 23, 2008 Greenwood
Sidney John Gleason 64187 Black April 22, 1979 Aug. 28, 2006 Barton
John Edward Robinson, Sr. 45690 White Dec. 27, 1943 Jan. 21, 2003 Johnson
Johnathan Daniel Carr 76065 Black March 30, 1980 Nov. 15, 2002 Sedgwick
Reginald Dexter Carr, Jr. 63942 Black Nov. 14, 1977 Nov. 15, 2002 Sedgwick

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