A Parsons man pleaded no contest to felony battery Thursday, a charge that was less serious than the original accusation, but he still faces a prison term in the case.
Michael S. Jenkins, 32, formerly of 2013 Oak, was charged with aggravated battery in Labette County District Court. The charge was a level four felony, which has a sentencing range of 38 to 172 months and the penalty is presumed prison. He faced a similar charge in a newer case, although the alleged victim in that case is a different person.
On Thursday, Jenkins pleaded no contest to an amended charge of aggravated battery, a level seven felony that could be punished by a prison term of 11 to 34 months. The complaint states that on July 1, 2020, Jenkins battered Scott Wells.
In exchange for Jenkins’ plea, the other charges in the 2020 case and a 2021 case were dismissed.
As part of his plea, Jenkins will get credit for time served in jail. However, that credit will be applied to a 2018 case for which Jenkins is facing probation revocation. He pleaded to aggravated robbery in that 2018 case and received a suspended prison term of 216 months, or 18 years. He was sentenced for the robbery case and two other charges — fleeing and eluding and theft — at the same hearing in 2019. A judge ordered Jenkins to serve 21 months in prison for fleeing and theft. After he served his prison term, Jenkins was to start his three years of probation for the aggravated robbery conviction. Jenkins’ probation was revoked because of his two new cases.
The plea also recommends that Judge Steve Stockard reduce the sentence in the aggravated robbery case from 216 months to 180 months. Jenkins’ jail credit in the current cases would be applied to this prison term. He will also have to serve 30 to 34 months to serve in the aggravated battery case. Before the jail credit, Jenkins is looking at a prison term of more than 17 years.
Jenkins will be sentenced Dec. 2.
In other cases:
— John D. Coates, 21, whose address in court records is 1016 S. 15th St., is charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child, criminal sodomy, both high-level felonies, and aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, a mid-level felony. The child was between 14 and 16 years old at the time of the alleged crime, July 14. A preliminary hearing in his case was delayed Wednesday because his attorney, Candace Gayoso, had just received documents and a CD from the prosecution and wanted to review those with Coates before hearing testimony. She also asked for her client’s bond to be reduced lower than $50,000. He is not getting the medication he needs for schizophrenia in the jail, Gayoso said. Judge Stockard wanted to get more information on her request before considering the motion. Coates will return to court on Oct. 27.
— Christopher D. Steinshouer, born in 1998, Parsons, will face a jury trial April 27 to 29, 2022, for allegations of mistreatment of a dependent adult and aggravated assault, both felonies. A pretrial conference is set for April 14.