Bond remains $1 million

A judge has denied a request for bond reduction for a woman who has been convicted of murder in Leavenworth County but not yet sentenced, according to a prosecution official.

District Judge Michael Gibbens has decided to keep bond for Barbara M. Frantz set at $1 million, according to Assistant County Attorney Shawn Boyd.

Frantz, 53, was convicted last year of first-degree murder.

She was charged after her estranged husband, Gary, was shot Jan. 27, 2017, in a parking lot in downtown Leavenworth.

Frantz has not yet been sentenced in the case. A hearing on a motion for a new trial is scheduled for next month.

Frantz is in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail.

Gibbens held a hearing Wednesday on a defense motion for reduction of bond. But he waited to make a decision about Frantz’s bond until a bond screen had been completed.

Stacey Schlimmer, an attorney for Frantz, argued Wednesday that her client is not a flight risk. Schlimmer also argued Frantz is not a danger to the community at large.

Boyd argued Frantz is a flight risk because she is facing a life sentence. Boyd also argued Frantz could be a danger to others if she is released on bond.

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