Inmate hospitalized after 15-foot fall at Kansas fairgrounds

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP/KWCH) A Kansas inmate has been taken to a hospital after he fell while working on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

The Hutchinson News reports that police say 38-year-old Christopher Boothby was on a lift working on a flag pole when he fell about 14 feet and hit his head. He is listed in fair condition at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.

Kansas Department of Correction records show Boothby has been at the Hutchinson prison since March, after he was recommitted for a probation violation. His original convictions, out of Stevens County, included two separate cases of aggravated assault and criminal threat in 2014, and a 2018 conviction for a third offense of attempting to flee and elude law enforcement.

He is scheduled to be released in September.


Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News,

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A prison worker has injuries have after falling 15 feet from a platform at the Kansas State Fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon.

Hutchinson police say the man was working on a flag pole. He was on a hydraulic lift driven by a fair employee and fell as it was being lowered.

Police did not have a condition update on the worker, but they say he was responsive when emergency responders arrived.