Arma man convicted of 2nd-degree murder

Staff Reports /

PITTSBURG, Kan. — An Arma man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2019 death of his wife and aggravated battery for stabbing her grandmother.

Jeremy Delmarco, 34, of Arma, entered no contest pleas in Crawford County District Court for the Feb. 4, 2019, death of his wife, Brandy Delmarco, 37, and aggravated battery for stabbing her grandmother, Dorma Lemaster, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday in a press release.

Both crimes took place in Arma on Jeremy Delmarco’s 32nd birthday. Lemaster reportedly called police to report that Delmarco was attacking her granddaughter, and the first deputy on the scene apparently located Brandy Delmarco and Lemaster, both with apparent stab wounds, outside of the residence at 423 N. Highway 69.

The deputy then attempted to place Jeremy Delmarco under arrest and a struggle ensued, and continued even after Delmarco was tased multiple times. Demarco’s dog also attacked the deputy, according to a 2019 press release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and after a second deputy arrived one of them was forced to shoot the dog.

Delmarco’s pleas were accepted this week by Crawford County District Judge M. Jennifer Brunetti. Sentencing was set for June 30. Tuesday’s hearing took place through video conference at the agreement of all parties, according to the release from Schmidt’s office.

The case was investigated by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, according to the release. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jessica Domme of Schmidt’s office.