Salina man guilty in murder of teenage girl

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SALINA, Kansas (KSAL) – A 19-year-old Salina man has been found guilty of first-degree murder and other charges in the death of a Salina South High School student last year.

Stephen Gentry was one of five people accused of killing 17-year-old Allie Saum on May 6, 2015 in the 500 block of Russell in Salina.  Police say Saum’s murder was a case of mistaken identity.  She was a passenger in a truck that police say some of the defendants mistakenly believed belonged to a person who had been in an earlier altercation with them.

While Gentry was not accused of firing the shot that killed Saum, he was accused of gathering together a group of people to seek retaliation for the previous incident.  He also was convicted of attempted first-degree murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.

Four other defendants in the case also face separate trials in the case. They are identified as 22-year-old Macio Palacio, 19-year-old Jerome Forbes, 20-year-old Daniel SIms and 18-year-old Andrew Woodring.

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