ALTAMONT — An Altamont woman received probation and suspended prison sentences for charges in two cases.
Jennifer S. Rodie, born in 1969, Altamont, faced two cases in Labette County District Court. The most recent complaint alleged that on Feb. 12 Rodie injured, confined or punished a dependent adult. The charge is a mid-level felony. The older case related to a traffic stop for DUI in 2017 that resulted in drug charges as well. Rodie pleaded to the mistreatment and possession of methamphetamine charges. She also pleaded to the DUI charge.
On Wednesday, Rodie appeared in court via the Zoom web conferencing application. In-person hearings are not allowed now because of the spike in COVID-19 cases in Labette County.
Rodie’s criminal history score and other factors could have required her to serve her sentence in prison. Her attorney, Edward Battitori, filed a request to depart from sentencing rules and impose a probation sentence instead. County Attorney Stephen Jones agreed to that departure request as part of the plea negotiations.
Judge Steve Stockard on Wednesday agreed to the departure request.
Stockard sentenced Rodie to 41 months in prison on the mistreatment charge and 24 months on the drug possession charge. He ordered the terms to be served consecutively, giving Rodie a controlling term of 65 months in prison. The judge suspended the prison terms and placed Rodie on probation through community corrections for two years on the mistreatment charge and 18 months on community corrections on the drug charge. Rodie will be required to complete drug treatment during probation. Stockard said he chose to use the more intensive community corrections probation because of Rodie’s pre-sentence assessment that showed a likelihood she would reoffend.
— LaRon M. Kelly, born in 1990, had his sentencing hearing delayed this week because his court-appointed attorney is withdrawing from the case. JoAnna Derfelt withdrew from Kelly’s case and other cases in Labette County because she has taken over prosecution of juvenile cases in the county and in some other counties. Stockard assigned Brandon Cameron to Kelly, who pleaded in May to three counts of failing to register, one count of distribution of meth, all felonies, and one count of possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Kelly, who faces 15 years in prison under terms of the plea, also filed a request to withdraw his plea. He will return to court on July 27.
— Michael S. Jenkins, 31, of Parsons made a first appearance on a charge of aggravated battery, a mid-level felony. He will return to court July 24. His bond was set at $50,000.