JOHNSON COUNTY – A Kansas man was sentenced to consecutive life terms for first-degree murder and attempted capital murder. Matthew Bibee, Jr., 22, Overland Park, will be eligible for parole after serving 50 years, according to the Johnson County District Attorney’s office.
In October, a jury found Bibee guilty in the death of 17-year-old Rowan Padgett, who was murdered in the 12300 block of South Mullen Court as part of a botched $8 Xanax deal.
In January of 2020, Jordan Denny, of Olathe, was convicted of drug charges in connection with the case. She was initially charged with felony murder in Padgett’s March 2019 death.
Photo by Rowan Padgett courtesy of Penwell Gable
The affidavit said Matthew Lee Bibee Jr. arranged to purchase the anxiety medication through Denny, who was then 16 years old. He told authorities that his supplier had gone bankrupt and that he had asked Padgett to leave with Bibee because his father had called the police.
Padgett was killed after getting into a car with Bibee, who was wounded two days later in a firefight with police.
Another teenager was sentenced to more than four years in a juvenile correctional facility for helping close the deal.
In March of 2019, Bibee was also involved in the shooting of a police officer in Olathe. The officer, who was investigating a car theft, was not injured.