A Parsons man received a shorter prison term than he could have on Tuesday and he was allowed to stay home over the Thanksgiving holiday before reporting to jail.

James C. Yeoman, born in 1975, 2500 Corning, pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine and aggravated endangering a child, both low-level felonies. 

His criminal history is such that he could be sentenced to prison rather than probation on the charges. The maximum term he could receive was 32 months on the drug charge and 12 more months on the endangerment charge. The sentences would have to be run back to back because of a special sentencing rule relating to this being Yeoman’s third drug possession conviction. That would have made the maximum term 44 months.

But Yeoman’s attorney, Shane Adamson, and Deputy County Attorney Mandy Johnson agreed to recommend for Yeoman a shorter term than that required by Kansas Sentencing Guidelines. The recommendation was 20 months on the drug charge and 12 months on the endangerment charge. This would give Yeoman a controlling term of 32 months in prison.

Judge Fred W. Johnson agreed to reduce Yeoman’s prison term and agreed to the controlling 32-month term. He also agreed to Adamson’s request to allow Yeoman to turn himself in at the Labette County Jail Monday evening after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Yeoman will receive credit for 21 days served in jail after his arrest in the case.


In another case on Tuesday:

— Casey L. Graham, born in 1997, El Reno, Oklahoma, pleaded no contest to distribution of marijuana, a low-level drug felony. The charge related to a May 27 traffic stop. Police smelled green marijuana in the vehicle and a search turned up less than 25 grams of marijuana. Sentencing will be Jan. 6.

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