A Parsons man who pleaded no contest to two of 12 charges filed against him after a vehicle chase involving Parsons police, was sentenced Monday to 20 months in prison.
David L. Young III, 20, pleaded no contest in December in Labette County District Court to aggravated endangering a child and interfering with law enforcement, both felonies. The remaining 10 charges, two of them felonies (contributing to a child’s misconduct and fleeing and eluding) and the rest traffic charges, were dismissed as part of the plea.
Young has two crimes against persons on his criminal record. This gives him a criminal history score of B and means he’s not eligible for probation.
Parsons police arrested Young on Oct. 31, 2019, after a brief vehicle and then foot chase. Police had received a tip about a suspect in a robbery in Pittsburg. The bulletin gave a vehicle description, tag information and a photo of the suspect, Young.
On Oct. 31, Police Sgt. Waylon Kepley spotted a vehicle matching the description and Kansas Combined Anti-Drug Task Force Commander (K-CAT) Kyle Wiford was contacted. While police set up surveillance, three individuals left a residence and got into the vehicle. Kepley followed the vehicle while officers responded to assist in a “high-risk traffic stop.” Kepley initiated a traffic stop at Central and Crawford and the vehicle sped off. A pursuit ensued and the pursued vehicle crashed into a stop sign and another vehicle in the 300 block of South 18th. The suspect vehicle lost its tire in the 1300 block of Appleton and two of the three occupants ran. Officers chased and Young and a juvenile were apprehended. The third occupant was identified as the vehicle owner and Young’s girlfriend. She was released. A weapon connected to the Pittsburg robbery was recovered in the vehicle.
Police from Parsons and Pittsburg also searched Young’s residence and collected evidence related to the aggravated robbery.
The Pittsburg robbery occurred at 2:30 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Snak-Atak convenience store, 1101 E. Fourth. The clerk reported that a man brandishing a handgun took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran off. The suspect, described as 6-2 to 6-3 and weighing 250 pounds, was wearing a mask.
Young is eligible for 102 days of credit for time served.