KS Supreme Court upholds conviction against man involved in Salina teen's 2015 murder

Published: Mar. 1, 2019 at 2:57 PM CST
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The Kansas Supreme Court upholds the ruling against one of the five men convicted in the 2015 death of 17-year-old Allie Saum in Salina.

In 2016, Andrew Woodring pleaded 'no contest' to first-degree murder in the mistaken-identity shooting. The state's top court upheld the conviction from that plea

Prosecutors say the men were seeking revenge after an earlier confrontation. Saum was shot as she rode in her boyfriend's pickup, which was similar to one the men were seeking. Saum and her boyfriend had nothing to do with the earlier confrontation.

In a 2016 hearing, Woodring said he pleaded 'no contest' to felony murder because he felt pressured and didn't believe he would receive a fair trial.

Macio Palacio, Stephen Gentry, Daniel Sims and Jerome Forbes were also charged for their roles in Saum's death. Prosecutors identify Palacio as the man who actually shot Saum. He faces a sentence of at least 50 years in prison.