Duffield Murders - 8 Oct 1983 - Salina Journal, Kansas
Cade He sentenced Cade sentenced to three life terms for two murders OLATHE, Kan. (UPI) — A 21- year-old man who, for no apparent reason, attacked three children of a suburban Kansas City family with a sledgehammer, was sentenced Friday to a life in prison for crimes the prosecutor called vicious. Johnson County District Judge Robert Jones sentenced Michael Cade to life in prison on each of two counts of first-degree murder and on one count of aggravated kidnapping. Cade to 5-20 year terms for robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery and 15 years to life for rape. The seven sentences stemming from the attack will be served concurrently, but run consecutive to a one-year sentence involving a prior conviction. Cade will not be eligible for parole for at least 15 years, the judge said. Cade earlier this week pleaded guilty to all charges in the case. He admitted to killing Kelly Duffield, 17, and her sister Janelle, 12, and beating their brother Paul, 15, who survived the Jan. 28 attack in the family's suburban Kansas City home in Olathe. The rape and kidnapping charges involved the abduction of Kelly, whose body was found in a ditch near a lake 11 days after the attack. The Duffield duplex was randomly selected for the attack, authorities said. The front door was not locked. The children's father, John Duffield, was asleep in an upstairs bedroom at the time; their mother, Carol, was at work. "I ask the Court to sentence Michael Cade to the maximum terms allowed by law for each of his crimes," Johnson County District Attorney Dennis Moore said in a prepared statement during Friday's hearing. "By doing so, this Court will preserve in the permanent record our community's feelings that Michael Cade is a dangerous man who committed vicious crimes for which he should spend the remainder of his life in prison," Moore said. "I believe the Court's action in doing so will assure that Michael Cade will never be released from prison." The Kansas corrections secretary will decide where Cade, who will undergo an evaluation before permanently placed in a prison, will serve his sentence. | R.