A Parsons man pleaded Wednesday to drug and domestic violence charges that should result in probation.
Dayton J. Smith, 29, 3137 Corning, was charged in Labette County District Court with possession of methamphetamine, aggravated domestic battery, both felonies, two counts of endangering a child and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.
The complaint alleged that between Dec. 10 and 11, 2019, Smith possessed meth, battered his girlfriend and endangered his and his girlfriend’s two children. The battery allegedly took place Dec. 10, 2019, while the other charges occurred over two days, the complaint shows.
On Wednesday, Smith waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded no contest to amended charges. The aggravated domestic battery was reduced from a felony to misdemeanor domestic battery. The paraphernalia charge was dropped. The other charges remained in their original form. So Smith pleaded no contest to possession of meth, a felony, domestic battery and two counts of endangering a child, all misdemeanors.
According to Labette County Attorney Stephen Jones, at 6 a.m. on Dec. 11 police received a call of a domestic incident happening at 3001 Grand. Police were told there by Smith’s girlfriend that the incident happened at Quality Inn, 1807 Harding Drive. The investigation turned up the meth. Jones said that Smith used the meth and became aggressive toward his girlfriend and placed her arm around her neck. The children were in the room when this happened, Jones said.
Judge Steve Stockard found Smith guilty of the charges and scheduled sentencing for Jan. 8.