A hearing has been continued in the case of a man challenging his prison sentence for a 1990 murder in the Leavenworth County.

A hearing has been continued in the case of a man challenging his prison sentence for a 1990 murder in the Leavenworth County.

A status hearing for Sherrill Brinkley had been scheduled for Thursday in Leavenworth County District Court. But ahead of the hearing, the case was continued until December, court records show.

Brinkley, 73, is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. But he is arguing that his sentencing was illegal and he should be released.

The murder charge stemmed from the May 1990 shooting death of Everett “Skeet” Bishop. The shooting reportedly took place in the rural Linwood area.

After Bishop was killed, Brinkley and another man reportedly placed the body in a 55-gallon steel barrel and welded it shut. Holes were cut into the barrel, and it was placed in the Missouri River. The body has never been recovered, according to court records.

Brinkley was convicted of Bishop’s murder in 1993. The following year, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the conviction but found that a district judge had made an error when sentencing Brinkley. The case was remanded back to Leavenworth County District Court for resentencing. But Brinkley was not resentenced at that time because he was serving a federal prison sentence for unrelated charges.

Brinkley was finally resentenced for the murder charge last year.

Earlier this year, he filed a petition arguing the resentencing in the case was illegal.

A status conference has been rescheduled for Dec. 27, according to court records.

A Kansas Department of Corrections website indicates Brinkley is being housed at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

Earlier this year, the state’s Prisoner Review Board denied parole for Brinkley. He will not be eligible for parole again until Jan. 1, 2021.

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