A hearing has been continued for a man who is challenging his sentence for a 1990 murder in Leavenworth County.

A hearing has been continued for a man who is challenging his sentence for a 1990 murder in Leavenworth County.

Sherrill G. Brinkley, 73, appeared Thursday in Leavenworth County District Court with his attorney, Barry Albin.

But a continuance was requested so Albin can obtain transcripts from a federal case.

Brinkley is serving a life sentence with the Kansas Department of Corrections for first-degree murder.

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 in 2017.

Brinkley has argued the resentencing in the case was illegal.

In court Thursday, Albin said he had just received a document from Assistant County Attorney Michael Jones. Albin said he had never seen this document, but it is relevant to questions of double jeopardy.

Albin said his client claims that his sentence in his federal case in North Carolina was increased from three years to 30 years because of his case in Kansas.

"We argue that would be double jeopardy," Albin said.

The attorney said a person cannot be punished for the same thing twice.

Albin said it may take three months for him to obtain transcripts from the federal case.

District Judge Michael Gibbens continued the hearing until Aug. 22.

Jones presented the judge with a written timeline of the Kansas and federal cases.

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