Engstrom sentenced 107 yrs. for robbery/pursuit in Pawnee County

Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom

Michael Engstrom, a suspect in a Kansas murder, was sentenced Monday for his role in a February armed robbery and pursuit in Pawnee County.  Engstrom was given a total of 107 years in prison.  Engstrom was convicted of robbing a Pawnee City Casey's at gunpoint, and firing his gun at five separate officers during a pursuit.

Kansas authorities say Engstrom and his wife, Jamie, are accused of killing a Topeka man and wounding a woman on February 13 before fleeing into Nebraska.  The Engstroms were arrested after getting their car stuck in a field near St. Mary.

Johnson County Attorney Julie Smith stated that she is pleased with the sentence.  “The crimes Engstrom committed were very serious, and a lengthy prison sentence is the appropriate punishment for those crimes.  It is fortunate that no law enforcement officers, Casey's employees, passengers in Engstrom's car, or bystanders were seriously injured or killed during this incident.  Michael Engstrom won't have the opportunity to put innocent people in harm's way again,” Smith said. 

Engstrom will not be eligible for parole until July 2055, and with good time his release date will be in July 2067, when he will be 87 years old.  Engstrom still faces the murder charge in Topeka, Kansas.  Smith said she expects prosecutors there to seek his extradition soon.