Guilty Plea

July 23, 2019 - 6:18 pm
A man who was angry about his girlfriend's methamphetamine use has pleaded guilty to beating her to death in a Topeka apartment. Luke Anthony Wabaunsee, 35, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the October 2018 killing of Michelle Stadler, 42. He initially was charged with premeditated...
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July 15, 2019 - 7:55 pm
A woman has admitted that she and a co-defendant intentionally drove a car into a Cabela's store in Kansas in order to steal guns. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release that Brenda Tosh, 27, of Kansas City, Kansas, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to steal guns from a federally...
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July 15, 2019 - 7:02 pm
Authorities say a Kansas man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first degree murder in the killing of a confidential drug informant whose body was found by deer hunters. Steven Meredith, 33, of Junction City, entered the plea Friday. His trial had been scheduled to start Monday. Prosecutors...
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June 27, 2019 - 7:26 pm
A Kansas man pleaded guilty to kidnapping and killing a woman who he left to die in woods in suburban Kansas City. Korrey Raine White Rinke, 25 of Ottawa, had been charged with capital murder and rape in the 2016 death of Julianna Pappas. 46, of Overland Park. Under a plea deal announced Tuesday,...
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June 13, 2019 - 7:56 pm
A Baldwin City woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her mother's boyfriend at a northeast Kansas lake. Jefferson County Attorney Josh Ney announced Thursday that Ashlyn Hemmerling pleaded guilty to premeditated first-degree murder after prosecutors presented evidence in her trial in Jefferson...
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May 21, 2019 - 8:06 pm
A Kansas man who led troopers on a 100-mph chase has pleaded guilty to a federal firearm charge. Federal prosecutors say Codey Elsasser, 26, of Arlington, pleaded guilty Monday to possessing a short-barreled rifle that was not registered. Prosecutors say Elsasser was driving 88 mph in a 65 mph zone...
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May 15, 2019 - 8:36 pm
A Texas woman has admitted to her role in the deaths of a couple who were killed at a Kansas fair after one suspect ordered the killings as part of a "carnival mafia" initiation. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Christine Tenney, 39, of La Marque, Texas, pleaded guilty Tuesday to...
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May 14, 2019 - 6:53 pm
A Wichita man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's young son. District Attorney Marc Bennett said in a news release that Lucas Diel, 26, accepted a plea deal Monday in the death of Anthony Bunn, 2. The boy was found unresponsive in a home in May 2018. Police...
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May 06, 2019 - 8:55 pm
A Nebraska woman involved in a crash that killed three Kansans will be sentenced in June after accepting a plea agreement. Jackson County Attorney Shawna Miller confirmed Monday that Maria Perez Marquez, 49, of Omaha, pleaded guilty in April to three misdemeanor counts of vehicular homicide and one...
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April 24, 2019 - 8:23 pm
A former Linn County Attorney has admitted that he stole equipment worth an estimated $75,000 from the county. John Sutherland, 68, of Mound City, pleaded guilty Wednesday to mail fraud and lying to investigators. Sutherland was Linn County Attorney for 20 years before becoming an assistant...
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