Man sentenced in 2017 Ottawa County murder

TESCOTT, Kan. (KWCH) A Maine man was sentenced today to life in prison after being convicted by a jury of first degree murder and related crimes in Kansas, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Robert Willard Colson, 35, of Bucksport, Maine, was sentenced by Judge Rene Young to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years. In June, an Ottawa County jury found Colson guilty of one count of first-degree felony murder, two counts of felony theft and one count of burglary. The charges stemmed from the 2017 death of Matthew Miles Schoshke in rural Ottawa County.

The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Kansas Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies in Maine, Colorado and California. Assistant Attorney General Jessica Domme of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case with assistance from Ottawa County Attorney Richard Buck.