District attorney charges man in 2016 Topeka hotel murder

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay has sentenced one man Tuesday in the 2016 death of 18-year-old Sarah Crawford at the Ramada Inn on Fairlawn in Topeka, according to a news release.

Clarence James Foy has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for murder and theft. This sentence has been added to an additional sentence he is currently serving in Missouri unrelated to the death of Crawford.

Officers arrived at the Ramada Inn on July 20, 2016 to find Crawford strangled to death by a belt and charging cord, wrapped in sheets on the third floor of the building.

Foy pleaded guilty to second degree murder and theft, both felony charges, on Dec. 19, 2019.

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