Man sentenced in death of Oklahoma man in Kansas

COLUMBUS, Kan. – A 23-year-old man was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for the death of an Oklahoma man.

Ty Bohlander was sentenced Tuesday to 59 months in prison in the death of 64-year-old James McFarland of Tulsa, whose body was found along a road in southeast Kansas in April 2017. He will also serve 35 months of post-release supervision.

Bohlander and his 58-year-old mother, Diana Bohlander, pleaded guilty in July to voluntary manslaughter after initially being charged with first-degree murder. Diana Bohlander’s sentencing was rescheduled because her attorney couldn’t attend Tuesday’s hearing. Her hearing was tentatively rescheduled for September 10 at 1 p.m.

The Joplin Globe reports Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves says the Bohlanders and McFarland were living out in a van. McFarland died of blunt force trauma to the head during an argument with Ty Bohlander.

The Bohlanders were arrested separately earlier this year in California.

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