A Parsons man received probation rather than prison for failing to register as a sex offender in Kansas.

Calvin W. Buford, 53, 33 Birch, pleaded no contest to violation of the Kansas Offender Registration Act with prior convictions. The charge is a level three felony. He had faced three similar counts as well as driving-related offenses and a marijuana possession charge. Those were dismissed as part of the plea. Attorneys also agreed to recommend probation for Buford based in part on his misunderstanding of the registration laws from state to state.

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