Posted 3 years ago
By Fred Gough
A 42-year-old Hutchinson man still has not been sentenced in the criminal cases against him.
Michael Meeks entered no contest pleas in both cases as part of a plea agreement with the state after he was arrested back in January after a brief standoff with police and arrested again in March on multiple charges of stalking and violation of a protection order.
The sentencing was continued last week and rescheduled for Friday, but now there will apparently be an evidentiary hearing over whether he used a gun in one of the cases. The state claims he did, while the defense says he didn’t. There is some contradiction over testimony of the victim in one of the cases. She apparently stated at some point that he had a gun, and another time stated that he didn’t. Officer Jamie Schoenhoff was told by the victim that at one point he had a shotgun, and stated “I’m not going to go down alone.” He also stated that this is not going to go well. Officers found the shotgun hidden behind a couch. The defense denies that and so the sentencing is still in limbo.
When the hearing will be held is unknown due the Logsdon Murder trial.
In one case, he entered no contest pleas to criminal restraint instead of kidnapping along with two counts of aggravated assault of law enforcement officers. In the second case, he entered no contest pleas to felony flee and elude and violation of a protection from abuse order. All the charges of stalking were dropped by the state.
Meeks was arrested at gun-point back on March 10 on suspicion of 8-counts of stalking, 8-counts of violation of a protection from abuse order, 7-counts of harassment by phone, criminal trespass, and felony flee and elude. After a brief chase at speeds estimated at 80-miles per hour, Meeks finally stopped after nearly hitting two pedestrians. The stop occurring at 17th & Severance, where police drew their weapons and he surrendered peacefully. Apparently he had called the victim at her home while an officer was there.
In his other case, he was charged with kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, criminal threat and battery. According to police, several 911 calls came in reporting a woman being forced into a home. A witness told police that he had picked her up, putting her over his shoulders and took her into the home, when she refused to enter on her own. Meeks was eventually taken into custody, but at one point reportedly had a shotgun pointed at officers which they later found hidden behind a couch.
They also found in a large safe in the basement, with 40-45 weapons inside, including an assault rifle and an alleged grenade launcher.