Man convicted in deaths of two victims in Topeka in 2018


A Washington County man has been convicted in the deaths of a woman and her cousin in Topeka. Richard Showalter, 34, of Greenleaf, was convicted Tuesday for his role in the beating and stabbing deaths of Lisa Sportsman, 28, and her cousin, Jesse Polinskey, 17, in July 2018.

Showalter was the third man convicted in the case. Lisa Sportsman was the estranged wife of Bradley Sportsman, 43, of Hollenberg, who pleaded guilty in October to two counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced to almost 46 years in prison.

The third suspect, Matthew Hutto, 22, of Clay Center, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.