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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Prague woman sentenced to 20 years in kidnapping case

  • A Prague woman charged with kidnapping in connection with a 2010 Prague murder case pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced in Pottawatomie County District Court.
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  • A Prague woman charged with kidnapping in connection with a 2010 Prague murder case pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced in Pottawatomie County District Court.
     
    Michele Elisabeth Gouker, 30, who was charged with kidnapping and unlawful possession of a controlled drug, had previously entered the guilty plea and was set for formal sentencing Wednesday.
     
    Court records show she was sentenced to serve 20 years with the Department of Corrections in each count, with the two sentences running concurrently. She will have the option to have her case placed on the docket for a judicial review in one year.
     
    Another defendant in the same case, Glendon Carl Gouker, 41, faces nine felony charges. He was scheduled for trial this month, but is now set for court in January.
     
    Glendon Gouker is accused of killing Ethan James Dorand Walton, 19, and leaving him to die in an outbuilding on Sept. 8, 2010. He is further accused of luring Walton's girlfriend into the outbuilding and forcibly raping her there and then in his home for hours before she could escape. That woman was able to break free from her restraints by breaking and jumping through a pane glass window.
     
    During the escape, Michele Gouker, who is listed in court documents as being both the wife and sister of the Glendon Gouker, attempted to stop the woman in that escape, according to court documents. She was charged with kidnapping for her alleged involvement in the ordeal and both faced drug charges after authorities searched their home.
     
    Glendon Gouker faces the first-degree murder charge and three counts of first-degree rape, kidnapping, two counts of forcible oral sodomy, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony along with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.
     
    His next court date is Jan. 13. Prosecutors have filed a bill of particulars with intent to seek the death penalty if Glendon Gouker is convicted.
     
    Michelle Gouker will be jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center until she is transferred to a state penitentiary.

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