Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Stathis Kirkpatrick, 20, was sentenced today to life imprisonment for the 2011 murder of 14-year-old Kailee Clapp of McCook. Kirkpatrick pleaded no contest to the first degree murder charge in September 2012.
“Mr. Kirkpatrick lured Kailee from her home, murdered her and burned her body,” said Bruning. “He deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars for this horrifying crime.”
Kailee Clapp was reported missing on January 21, 2011. Later that night, law enforcement discovered her burned body at the Bartley Cemetery.
Multiple law enforcement agencies aided in the investigation including the McCook Police Department, the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office, the Nebraska State Patrol and the FBI Evidence Recovery Team.
Assistant Attorneys General Corey O’Brien and Sandra Allen handled the case in cooperation with Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood.