Joshua Jo Stasa, who has been incarcerated since his arrest on May 8, 2015, will appear in Cowley County District Court next week.

Stasa’s jury trial will begin at 9 a.m. Monday/Dec. 12 at the Cowley County Courthouse, located at 311 E. Ninth Ave. in Winfield. He will appear before District Court Judge Nicholas St. Peter.

Stasa, 26, was arrested as a suspect in the death of 32-year-old David Towles and the attempted murder of 40-year-old Richard Webster.

His arrest was announced publicly in a press conference on May 9, 2015.

The incident, in which Towles died and Webster was injured, occurred May 4, 2015, at 510 E. Third Ave. in Winfield.

The charges originally filed against Stasa were murder in the first degree, attempted murder in the first degree and transporting contraband into jail.

An amended criminal complaint reflects alternative charges the jury may choose from during the trial.

It amends the charge of first-degree murder to an alternative charge of murder in the second degree.

If a jury were to find Stasa guilty of first-degree murder, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

But if it were to find him guilty of second-degree murder, he only would face 147 to 653 months — or approximately 12 to 54 years — in prison, a post-release supervision period of 36 months and a fine of up to $300,000.

The second count filed against Stasa originally was attempted first-degree murder, but the new complaint lists two alternative charges for this count — attempted murder in the second degree or aggravated battery.

If a jury were to find him guilty of attempted first-degree murder, Stasa could face 147 to 653 months — or approximately 12 to 54 years — in prison, a post-release supervision period of 36 months and a fine of up to $300,000.

If a jury were to find Stasa guilty of attempted second-degree murder, he would face only 55 to 247 months — or approximately 4 1/2 to 20 1/2 years — in prison, a post-release supervision period of 36 months and a fine of up to $300,000.

If a jury were to find him guilty of aggravated battery, Stasa would face just 36 to 172 months — or approximately 3 to 14 years — in prison, a post-release supervision period of 36 months and a fine of up to $300,000.

The final count filed against Stasa is aggravated burglary. If a jury finds him guilty of that charge, he faces 31 to 136 months in prison, a post-release supervision period of 24 months and a fine of up to $300,000.

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