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Olathe teen enters plea deal in killing during $8 Xanax deal

A suburban Kansas City teenager has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the shooting death of another teen during a failed $8 Xanax deal.

The Kansas City Star reports that Jordan Denny, of Olathe, Kansas, originally was charged with felony murder in the March 2019 death of 17-year-old Rowan Padgett, but she instead pleaded guilty Monday to attempted possession of Xanax with intent to distribute, conspiracy to commit possession of Xanax with intent to distribute, interference and use of a telecommunication device during a drug felony.  She will be sentenced on February 20th.

The affidavit says issues arose after Matthew Lee Bibee Jr., who is awaiting trial on a capital murder charge, arranged to buy the anxiety medication through Denny.  She told authorities her supplier fell through and that she asked Padgett to leave with Bibee because her father had called police.  The affidavit says Padgett was killed after getting into the car with Bibee, who was wounded two days later in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Another teen, Rolland Kobelo, who was accused of helping to set up the deal, was sentenced to more than four years in a juvenile corrections facility for aggravated robbery and distribution of Xanax.


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