A jury trial is scheduled in May for a Parsons man facing charges that could send him to prison for a minimum of 25 years upon conviction.
Robert G. LeMaster, 43, faces a number of charges, some alleging off-grid felonies, in Labette County District Court. Off-grid crimes require a lengthier prison term upon conviction under Kansas Sentencing Guidelines. The sentence could be life in prison with a requirement to serve at least 25 years before a person is eligible for parole.
LeMaster is charged with aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated indecent liberties with a child and sexual exploitation of a child. The allegations list three victims. He also faces complaints alleging burglary and trafficking contraband in the jail.
LeMaster has been through several attorneys and is now represented by Linus Thuston of Chanute. The more serious charges are being prosecuted by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.
He has been jailed since Nov. 28, 2017, as his cases progressed and then did not progress because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday, LeMaster’s jury trial on the more serious charges was set for five days starting May 10. A pretrial hearing will be April 21. Jury selection likely will take place in another location, depending on court restrictions at the time.
LeMaster’s bond is set at $1 million on the more serious charges.