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A Victim's Family Wonders Why A Man Convicted In a Double Killing In Kansas City, Kansas, Won't Serve Time
The plea deal had been arranged and was playing out on a Zoom in five boxes: judge, court reporter, prosecutor, defense attorney, defendant. Andrew Ray Manakul appeared in the small square on the bottom of the screen during the late-October call, the slight 19-year-old wearing the gray-striped uniform of the Wyandotte County jail, a mask across his face and a sheriff's officer across his right shoulder.