Wichita man sentenced for killing 19-year-old at Halloween-themed dance party in 2018

A Wichita man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison in the killing of a teenager who slapped a woman at a party in Haysville in 2018. He received four additional years for violating the conditions of his parole in previous cases, according to a news release from the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

Kenez Carter, 28, pleaded guilty in October 2022 to one count of involuntary manslaughter in the Oct. 28, 2018, shooting death of 19-year-old Jaylin Jacobs of Wichita, the news release says. He was sentenced Wednesday.

According to the release and court records, the men were at a Halloween-themed “Twerk or Treat” private dance party at the Ilusions Productions club, 1939 E. Diedrich Ave. in Haysville, when Jacobs apparently struck a woman who was a close friend of Carter.

“Carter told police he was at a party with a woman he considered to be like a sister to him and Jacobs had slapped her,” the DA’s news release says.

Haysville police have said when they went to the club for a shooting around 1:45 a.m., they found a large crowd dispersing following a fight and Jacobs wounded on the ground in the parking lot.

He was pronounced dead minutes later, around 2 a.m.

District Judge David Kaufman gave Carter 122 months in prison for killing Jacobs and 53 months for two earlier parole violations, the news release from the district attorney says. Carter has previous convictions for aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, weapons crimes and drug possession, according to court records.