Amber Kohls

Amber Kohls (Photo: Lansing police)

Michigan Woman Sentenced To Prison In Slaying Of Homeless Man

November 28, 2018 - 1:15 pm

LANSING (AP/WWJ) - A Michigan woman who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing a homeless man has been sentenced to 25 to 60 years in prison.

The Lansing State Journal reports 26-year-old Amber Kohls of Lansing was given her punishment Wednesday in the October 2017 slaying of 53-year-old John Darnell Jr.

Kohls apologized to Darnell's family for her actions. She earlier entered the plea to second-degree murder.

 Brandon Addiss
Brandon Addiss (Photo: Lansing police)
Police have said Kohls and her ex-husband, 28-year-old Brandon Addiss, both stabbed Darnell and cut his throat.

Following up on a tip about as possible body in Sycamore Creek -- in Scott Woods Park, near the 2700 block of S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Lansing -- Michigan State Police found Darnell's remains wrapped in a tent.

After the suspects' arrest, police said they were “known associates” of Darnell, and that he was slain following an argument. 

According to court documents referenced by WILX-TV, Addiss told investigators that they were on the move to avoid Addiss' parole officer when they decided to squat in a tent at a homeless camp. When Darnell arrived to find them living in his space, they talked for a while. However, Addiss told investigators, after Darnell threatened to call the police things took a violent turn. [More details here. **Note: Details included may be disturbing].

Addiss earlier was sentenced to 40-80 years in prison for second-degree murder. A third person who was there at the time of the killing, Matthew Ryan Green, was sentenced in August to 18-60 months for accessory to murder for helping hide Darnell's body. Addiss told police that Green did not participate in the attack. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.