Kan. inmate sentenced to more than 54 years for CO attack

Ray Miles attempted to stab the officer multiple times with a pen in the 2019 attack


By Tim Hrenchir
The Topeka Capital-Journal
        
TOPEKA, Kan. — Shawnee County District Court Judge Bill Ossmann on Monday sentenced 57-year-old Ray Anthony Miles to serve 54 years, five months in prison for crimes linked to a 2019 attack on Kourtney Flynn, a female corrections officer at the Shawnee County Jail.

Miles committed the attack on July 31, 2019. He pushed the officer to an isolated area of the jail and attempted to stab her multiple times with a pen before other jail workers physically restrained him, said Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay.

Flynn suffered several injuries, including a head injury.

Ray Miles was serving an eight-year term for assaulting staff at a news station when the attack on Officer Kourtney Flynn occurred.
Ray Miles was serving an eight-year term for assaulting staff at a news station when the attack on Officer Kourtney Flynn occurred. (Shawnee County DOC)

A Shawnee County District Court jury in August convicted Miles of one felony count each of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and battery against a corrections officer.

Kagay commended the work of Deputy District Attorney Brandon Farnham and the rest of the team that prosecuted the case, as well as the work done investigating it by the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office and Shawnee County Department of Corrections.

Miles was previously convicted of four felonies and two misdemeanors linked to a 2012 attack committed at WIBW-TV, 631 S.W. Commerce, where he had gone to seek news coverage of a problem he was having with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Miles used a lamp to break through a locked glass door to enter the station, where he stabbed, kicked, bit and punched four staff members, authorities said.

Miles was sentenced in 2013 to serve eight years, four months for criminal convictions linked to the WIBW-TV attack. That included seven years and four months in prison, followed by 12 months in the Shawnee County Jail.

Miles was serving the county jail portion of that sentence when he attacked Flynn.
 
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