Olathe man sentenced in death of live-in nurse
01/18/2013 5:25 PM
05/16/2014 8:51 PM
A judge on Friday sentenced an Olathe man to 13 years and nine months in prison in the December 2011 killing of a woman who lived with him and his wife.
At a trial in October, Stephen M. Collier, 60, was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 54-year-old Suzanne Goslin at their house in the 1300 block of East 153rd Street.
On Friday, Johnson County District Judge James Franklin Davis denied a defense request to depart from state sentencing guidelines and impose a 10-year sentence. Davis instead imposed the maximum 165-month sentence for someone convicted of second-degree murder without a prior felony conviction.
Collier did not comment Friday before he was sentenced.
He testified at his Johnson County trial that Goslin was shot accidently when he tried to take a gun away from her as she held it to her own head.
The autopsy doctor testified that he found no evidence of gunpowder residue on Goslin that would indicate the shot had been fired from such a close range. After the shooting, Collier’s wife told Olathe police that her husband said he had shot Goslin, but at the trial, she denied having said that.
Goslin was a friend of Collier and his wife and had moved into their home while going through a divorce. A registered nurse, she helped care for Collier’s wife, who suffered from several health problems.
Collier and Goslin became involved in a romantic relationship after she moved in, according to testimony, but he said it had ended before the shooting.
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