A 31-year-old Hutchinson man, Justin Gleason, entered a plea of no contest to 23-counts involving three case that included such charges as attempted aggravated robbery, blackmail, and aggravated battery.
Justin Gleason was facing trial in the three cases and he told the judge Friday Afternoon that he felt this was the best option for him. He could be looking at 140-plus months in prison
Gleason entered pleas of possession of cocaine with intent to sell within a thousand feet of a school, possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a firearm, no tax stamp, possession of stolen property, possession of hydrocodone and possession of drug paraphernalia. Allegedly drugs were found in the small home he lived in on 11th near Hutchinson High School. The crimes involving the drugs occurring on February 26th.
In a separate case, Gleason enter a no contest pleas to seven counts of criminal discharge of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, and one count of aggravated battery. He allegedly fired 14-rounds at the home in the south part of the city back on February 26 where 7-people had gathered, including two kids. One man had to have surgery to remove a bullet from his foot.
In a third case, he entered no contest pleas on charges of attempted robbery, attempted aggravated burglary, criminal threat and blackmail, aggravated burglary, robbery, and aggravated battery. On December 14 and 15, of last year, he allegedly sent text messages to the victim and told him he better have additional money, and was coming over to collect. Steve Maxwell alleges he was extorting money from the victim over a rental car agreement.
Again, he entered no contest pleas to 23-counts and sentencing will be on November 2.