Kansas man draws prison time for stabbing woman, assaulting officer

Feb. 28—COLUMBUS, Kan. — A 50-year-old defendant was sentenced to almost nine years in prison Tuesday for the assault of a woman near Crestline, Kansas, and a later assault of an officer during a vehicle pursuit while he was out on bond.

Steven D. Tyner, of Columbus, was sentenced to 107 months behind bars after pleading guilty in Cherokee County District Court to counts of aggravated battery and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Tyner was arrested in December 2022 for stabbing a woman at a cabin east of Crestline. He posted bond and was released in March 2023, but he soon violated the terms of his bond. An arrest warrant was issued in May 2023.

Investigators received information May 16, 2023, about Tyner's whereabouts in Joplin, and Missouri authorities located him and attempted to stop a vehicle he was driving. But he fled into Kansas, where Cherokee County deputies had to employ a tactical maneuver to bring his vehicle to a stop.

Tyner will remain at the Cherokee County Jail pending another sentencing in April for violating the Kansas violent offender registration law. He has been deemed a violent offender since a jury convicted him in 2007 of involuntary manslaughter.