JACKSON CO. – A Kansas man convicted in the 2016 shooting of Carbondale Police Officer Trey Harris will spend the next nine years behind bars.
According to a release from the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office, 28-year-old Matthew Manley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of a substance containing cannabis between November 2014 and August 2, 2016 in both Williamson and Jackson counties. As part of the plea, he agreed to cooperate in the ongoing prosecution of the case.
On the night of July 31, 2016, Manley and another Kansas man, Alex Karcher came to Carbondale to “collect a debt” from a prior drug deal, and were pursued by police after a report of shots being fired. Karcher fired shots from the vehicle and struck Officer Harris, who was not involved in the chase. Karcher was sentenced to 27.5 years last November.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.