A Chetopa woman on Friday pleaded guilty to a drug charge and hopes to get probation.

Clarissa Turnbough, born in 1991, was charged in Labette County District Court with trafficking contraband in a correctional facility, possession of methamphetamine, both felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia and transporting an open container, both misdemeanors. She was also charged with driving without a valid license and no proof of liability insurance.

The charges resulted from a traffic stop on July 8 in Chetopa. A K-9 was called in to walk around the car and indicated the presence of drugs. Meth was found in the glove box, according to Labette County Attorney Stephen Jones.

On Friday, Turnbough pleaded guilty to possession of meth. The remaining counts will be dismissed as part of the plea.

Lucas Nodine, Turnbough’s attorney, told Judge Steve Stockard that the plea will recommend a 30-month prison term and probation through community corrections. Turnbough’s criminal history lands her in a border box under Kansas Sentencing Guidelines. This means the judge would sentence her to prison unless a successful argument were made to grant Turnbough probation. In the plea, the defense and the prosecutor agree to recommend that border box criteria exist for probation rather than prison.

Sentencing will be Jan. 6.


In other cases:

— Shadaiva D. Benge, 29, was to have a preliminary hearing Friday but that was delayed for two months because the prosecution was not able to serve all 13 witnesses with subpoenas in time. She is facing multiple counts of vehicle burglary and theft. Her co-defendant is Amber D. Lockard, 39, who received eight months in prison after pleading to nine counts of vehicle burglary. Benge will return to court Jan. 15 for a preliminary hearing.

— Gabriel K. Duncan, born in 1990, 3106 Crawford, will return to court on Nov. 24 on charges of aggravated domestic battery, a felony, and criminal restraint and endangering a child, both misdemeanors. He faces revocation in an older case for failing to complete drug treatment, failing to refrain from using drugs, failing to report to his probation officer as directed and failing to refrain from violating the law. Duncan also has maintained contact with the alleged victim in the 2019 case, which he said he was taking steps to avoid in the future.

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