Four criminals now serving time because of recent convictions; attorney workload increases

Kerwin Spencerby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Attorney’s office recently announced four convictions at the district court in Wellington. Those convicted include:•Kevin Parker for attempted robbery; and two counts of residential burglaries.•Martin Leonard for aggravated indecent solicitation of a child under 14.•Gary Washburn for convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery, residential robbery, and felony theft.•Walter Trusdale, Jr. for conspiracy to commit robbery, residential robbery, and felony theft.Details of these cases are listed below. Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said the convictions are part of an increase workload produced by the office since taking over for former county attorney Evan Watson in January.“When I took this job, I campaigned on the promise that we were going to file 400 cases instead of the 300 cases a year filed by Mr. Watson,” Spencer said. “Right now we are averaging about 40 case filings a month. We are currently on pace to filing 480 cases this year.Spencer said the dismissal rate of cases filed have dropped substantially.“We are not filing cases just to dismiss them later,” Spencer said.Spencer said the Kansas Star Casino has added to the caseload. He estimates he has filed more than one felony case a week that is casino related.“That doesn’t count the burglaries that are indirectly caused by the casino,” Spencer said. “I estimate we’ll see 50 more cases a year above the crime we had before the casino was in existence.”•••••Burglary convictionKevin Parker of Wichita, 34, was sentenced to serve 32 months in prison for attempted robbery and two counts of residential burglaries occurring on Dec. 3, 2012. Spencer said this burglary had an indirect connection to the casino.Parker and his partner Christopher McDaniel, 28, were arrested after an alleged assault on Sumner County Sheriff deputy Risa Stegman (see story here).http://www.sumnernewscow.com/alleged-assault-of-sheriff-deputy-leads-to-arrest-of-2-wichita-men-connected-to-sumner-burglaries/ McDaniel was convicted and sentenced to at least 12 months in prison on March 14.Sumner County authorities detained the two Sedgwick County men for allegedly burglarizing four homes in the northeast area of Sumner County from Belle Plaine to the Peck area during a Monday morning.One home was located in Belle Plaine, another in the Peck area, and the other two on North London and North Hydraulic Roads.After the alleged physical altercation with Stegman, the two suspects allegedly used their car to push out Stegman’s police car which was blocking the entrance to prevent their escape. The pair did escape and traveled north where they were eventually apprehended by Sedgwick County Deputies and the Wichita Police.•••••Solicitation of child convictionMartin Leonard, 70, has been convicted for 32 months in prison for aggravated indecent solicitation of a child less than 14, a level 3 felony.Leonard, who lived at 416 S. Washington, Apartment B, in Wellington at the time of the crime, was convicted of fondling a small child who was his great granddaughter inappropriately on Aug. 14, 2012, in Wellington.Spencer said he was babysitting for his grandchild while the mom was at work. The victim was a 5-year-0ld female.He had no previous convictions, Spencer said.•••••Two other convictionsGary Washburn, Jr., and Walter Trusdale, Jr., both of Wichita in their early 50s, were convicted for different crimes against the same elderly Wellington man.Washburn was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery, residential robbery, and felony theft which will require him to serve out a 51 month prison sentence.On January 24, Washburn with another man — Richard Fagan of Wichita — had entered a Wellington man’s home and took a cooler containing at least $1,100 in cash and financial papers. According to the court complaint Washburn grabbed the cooler after Fagan pried it from the victim’s fingers. The two then left the premises and allegedly split the money up.In a somewhat unrelated incident, Trusdale was committed to serve 16 months in prison for felony theft that occurred in 2012 to the same man. He was ordered to pay $50,000 in restitutions to the individual upon his release.Spencer said Trusdale charged the landowner with over $56,000 in faulty home improvements for lightning rods and tree trimming services between March 12 and April 14, 2012. The amount was about $6,000.Because of this, the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department had charged Trusdale with criminal trespass in 2012, a felony, and was ordered not to be on the Wellington man’s property. However, he did just that on Feb. 8, 2013 which resulted in his arrest and eventual conviction for felony theft. The criminal trespass charge was eventually dropped because of an agreement, Spencer said.“I remember Washburn and Trusdale from my earlier days as county attorney,” Spencer said, who served as Sumner County attorney in the 1990s. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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