A Parsons man facing four felonies made a first appearance in court on Thursday. 

Jeffery Lloyd Baker, 44, 2230 Washington, is charged in Labette County District Court with kidnapping, violating the Kansas Offender Registration Act (second offense), aggravated endangering a child and criminal threat, all felonies. He also faces two misdemeanors, domestic battery and criminal damage.

At 5:14 p.m. Monday Parsons police were called to investigate a threat.

When officers spoke to the victim, they learned of other possible crimes. Police traveled to the house on Washington and negotiated to get Baker to leave the house after being told he didn’t want to be taken alive.

On Thursday, District Judge Steve Stockard read the complaint to Baker, who appeared via the Zoom online meeting platform from the Parsons Police Department. Most court hearings are virtual.

Baker asked how he could be charged with damaging his own phone. He also said he was inside all day and his wife, the alleged victim, was outside all day so how could he have kidnapped her. He said he got back together with his ex, got married and moved to Kansas. He said a person can’t get a fair shake in Kansas. He doesn’t work because he’s disabled, he said.

Labette County Attorney Stephen Jones asked for a $100,000 bond given Baker’s criminal history. He said if convicted, Baker could face 230 months in prison on the kidnapping charge.

Stockard asked Baker if he was on probation or parole. Baker said no. Stockard set bond at $50,000 and ordered Baker to have no contact with the alleged victim or witnesses in the case. He also would be subject to bond supervision if he makes bond. Robert Myers will be his attorney. 

Baker will return to court on Dec. 4.


In other case, Robert J. Michael, born in 1984, 1432 S. 25th St., made a first appearance on a charge of aggravated criminal sodomy, a high level felony. The complaint alleges the incident happened on Oct. 3. At his first appearance, Jones asked for a $50,000 bond for Michael. Michael’s attorney, Linus Thuston, asked for a $10,000 bond for his client. Thuston claimed the alleged victim in the case has made multiple allegations against different people. He said his client has been jailed on another case, which was to be dismissed, for a long time. Judge Stockard set bond at $30,000. Michael will return to court on Feb. 1 for a preliminary hearing.

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