Oct 16, 2020 10:22 PM

Ervin pleads in Stratton murder Friday

Posted Oct 16, 2020 10:22 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The man who was originally charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the strangulation of Lora Beth Stratton in Hutchinson in August of 2019 pleaded to lesser charges Friday.

Isaac Ervin pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder, kidnapping, and aggravated intimidation of a witness before judge Tim Chambers.

With the plea agreement, Ervin is due to serve 186 months. Delshay Vinsonhaler, who helped Ervin move Stratton, was sentenced to three years in prison in March.

Reno County District Attorney Tom Stanton told Hutch Post in an email that he spoke to the mother of the victim, who was in support of the plea agreement.

Sentencing is set for December 18 at 1:30 p.m.