Man sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for shooting Wichita tax agent

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A Wichita man convicted of shooting and wounding a Wichita tax agent has been sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison.

A judge sentenced Ricky Wirths to 165 months with the Kansas Department of Corrections and 36 months post-release.

On June 28, a jury found Ricky Wirths guilty of attempted first-degree murder for shooting Cortney Holloway five times at the Kansas Department of Revenue in Wichita

The incident happened on September 19, 2017, after Holloway served a tax warrant at Wirth's home earlier in the day.

Ahead of the sentencing, the defense filed a motion for a new trial, but it was denied by the judge.

During the hearing, the defense called a psychologist who had interviewed Wirths and said he suffered some cognitive impairment after a 2016 car crash.

Wirths family said he was in a coma for several months following the crash. They said his hospital bill was more than $1 million.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney's office recommended a sentence of 330 months, or 27.5 years in prison, for the shooting.

Wirth's attorneys asked for 155 months, about 13 years, or less because of "unusual factors in the case".

Holloway, his wife and sister, and Wirths spoke during the hearing

Holloway's sister submitted a written statement saying things will never be the same for her brother. She said Wirths will never know the horror he caused their family, and her brother's scars will always remind him of the day he was shot.

Holloway's wife, Moniqueka, said her husband will have to deal with this for the rest of his life and asked the judge for the maximum sentence.

Holloway echoed the statements of his family members.

He said his life has changed drastically. He said he remembers lying on the ground crying out asking not to die. He said remembers co-workers, some of whom were in the courtroom, coming to his side after he was shot.

Wirths shot Holloway five times on Sept. 19.

Holloway said it's now impossible for him to run with his kids. He has difficulty writing and there are still two bullets in his body. He said he hopes Wirths suffers the consequences for his actions.

Wirths also took the opportunity to speak before the judge handed down the final sentence.

He apologized and said he can't understand or agree with what he did that day. He said he hopes the Holloway family will forgive him someday. He said he doesn't know if he will forgive himself.