A Parsons man convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated witness intimidation in Crawford County has begun serving his prison term of nearly five years.
Daelon L. Hendricks, 23, was sentenced in Crawford County District Court this summer to a controlling term of 59 months in prison for aggravated robbery. His earliest release, as calculated by the Kansas Department of Corrections, is July 2023. Hendricks had been in jail 400 days before he was sentenced.
The charges relate to a robbery that happened at 5 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2019, at 1405 N. Joplin, Pittsburg. Four people, some or all armed with firearms, forced their way into the home, subdued three occupants and injured one of them in the process. The suspects forced the occupants to sit in one room while they rummaged through the residence looking for valuables. The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash, firearms and other valuables and threatened the occupants with harm before leaving, according to Pittsburg police. Pittsburg police said the investigation indicates the house was targeted and it was not a random act.
Three others convicted of charges relating to the Pittsburg robbery are Malik M. Robinson, now 21, Jeremy C. Stringfellow, now 20, and Kylee S. Beachner, now 20.
Robinson is serving a three-year prison term for robbery. His earliest release is May 30, 2021. He is serving in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, Central Unit.
Beachner is serving a four-year prison term for aggravated robbery and aggravated witness intimidation in the Topeka Correctional Facility, Central Unit. Her earliest release is Nov. 25, 2022.
Stringfellow is the only defendant to get a non-prison sanction. He is on three years of probation, assigned to the community corrections program, for robbery. His underlying prison term is three years.
Crawford County Judge Jennifer Brunetti sentenced Hendricks in late June on the high-level and mid-level felonies, aggravated robbery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated witness intimidation. Once released, Hendricks will be on 36 months of parole supervision. Hendricks was also ordered to pay $1,600 in restitution.
Hendricks was transported to the El Dorado Correctional Facility reception and diagnostic unit a week ago to begin serving his term. El Dorado is the first stop for male inmates. At RDU, the classification process includes several tests, an interview and an evaluation of court documents and other information including physical, family and criminal history. The process determines custody level, inmate needs and facility placement.
Hendricks also faces charges in Labette and Neosho counties for a lengthy car chase in December 2018. While he was free on bond in at least one of these counties, Hendricks committed the robbery in Pittsburg. He left the area after the robbery and was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Biloxi, Mississippi, in April 2019.
The Kansas City, Kansas, office of the U.S. Marshals Service adopted the Hendricks case on March 25, 2019, and began investigating, according to Jerry Viera, enforcement supervisor in the KCK office. They tracked him to Biloxi, where Hendricks had family, and arrested him a week after taking the case. They were also looking for a vehicle that he was in, a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe with a Kansas tag.
Hendricks’ Biloxi arrest followed a police pursuit that covered about two miles and involved the Tahoe getting airborne at one point and blowing out a tire upon impacting the pavement, according to the U.S. Marshals Service, an affidavit filed in the Biloxi case and Biloxi police.
The charges in Neosho and Labette counties include fleeing and eluding and relate to the police pursuit that began near Earlton on Dec. 6, 2018, and ended near 17th and Stevens in Parsons about 45 minutes later. Speeds reached 100 mph on U.S. 169. Once his car was stopped in Parsons, Hendricks tried to run from police but was soon captured.
The pursuit followed U.S. 400 in Labette County and then many other roads before entering Parsons city limits. On the highway, Hendricks allegedly tossed baggies of marijuana out of the car west of Parsons. Some of these baggies struck pursuing patrol cars, and a sheriff’s K-9 unit was called in to recover the evidence from the highway, Sheriff Darren Eichinger said at the time.
Hendricks was booked into the Labette County Jail after his arrest and transferred to Neosho County Jail. He was to make a court appearance in January 2019 in Chanute after his release on a $14,000 bond. His case in Labette County remains sealed.