Hutch Man Convicted In Three Cases Appears On Corrections Violation After All

Posted 2 years ago

By Fred Gough

The 21-year-old Hutchinson man who was granted 24-months community corrections with an underlying sentence of 66-months for his involvement with the break-in of vehicles of law enforcement, public officials and other citizens failed to show in court Friday morning, however he did show up Friday afternoon and the bench warrant issued earlier was recalled.

Victor Smith was arrested last week on a corrections violation, and the state is now seeking to have his corrections revoked. In a court filing dated December 17, the state argues that his corrections should be revoked because of consuming alcohol around December 12, something they say he admitted to, but not only did he consume alcohol, he was arrested for driving under the influence and obstruction in Sedgwick County. It’s also a violation to leave Reno County without permission of his corrections officer.

He was able to post a 25-thousand dollar bond and was scheduled for a hearing on the violations this morning in front of Judge Tim Chambers, but failed to show. So, Judge Chambers issued a bench warrant for 50-thousand dollars, but again, he showed up in court Friday afternoon and appeared in front of Judge Joe McCarville. He apparently thought that was where he was supposed to appear.

In the burglary case, Smith entered a plea to conspiracy to commit burglary and felony theft.

Smith also entered pleas in a drug case to possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of marijuana. He had earlier faced the additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use to package a controlled substance for sale, no drug tax stamp, and possession of personal use drug paraphernalia.

In the third case, he entered a plea to leaving the scene of an accident where great bodily harm occurred where he left a Hutchinson woman in the ditch after a motorcycle crash.

A hearing on the motion to revoke was set for January 11, and he was assigned an attorney through the Regional Public Defenders Office.


  • Todd

    I believe the previous bond was 45,000 not 25,000. How many chances does Reno county give someone get before some consequences!

  • still waiting

    Am I the only one surprised how all these criminals get to be in the news, but when the goober who ran against Jan Pauls gets arrested for multiple charges, its ignored?

  • Jeffo

    I guess we will see if one of the elected judges in reno county gives this guy another chance before sending him to prison. Sure he has had 10 before this but I am sure he just needs one more and he will go straight. Come on Judges he is giving you a big middle finger and you just take it time and time again. Send him to prison where he needs to be. Bubba is waiting

  • Chas

    This Goober is in the news again because the court system fails the community and lets this scum free far to often. Over crowded jails my @$$, not crowded enough

  • Correct information

    Jeffo,
    please do explain what 10 chances Victor has already received?

    Victor is actually 22. He is sentenced to corrections for actually 18 months not 24. The bond was actually 45 thousand not 25.

    How can you people sit there a judge a person off a report when half of it is wrong? Can you really believe everything that you read? You people are so simple. It is humorous to me.

    We all know why Victor’s story is a headline on hutch post anyways. Some people just need to get a life.

    • Fred Gough

      All the facts you state as false are not what the story is about. The story is about the community corrections violation, and I noticed the person’s post didn’t question those facts. The rest is irrelevant. But, both us and the Hutch News reported the 24-months community corrections assignment at the time of sentencing, although they stated in their article 2-years, in other words 24-months. If it was changed by the judge, then it was done after we left the courtroom and any mistakes we made in the story, we apologize, but the content of what the story is about is accurate, and that’s what matters.

      Oh, and I decide what stories to cover or not cover. No one else.

  • Capone

    Hey Jeffo,
    You sure do know a lot about bubba. Could you tell us your experience with him? Haha

  • Capone

    Chas…. Is that you Chaz bono? Talking all that crap?

  • Good reporting

    Fred Gough you are an excellent reporter. Always covering as many stories as possible. News and reporting are your life and you appear to pride yourself in good reporting.
    To all who question that: if you are a criminal, you will get reported about. If you don’t want your name to appear on the news, perhaps one should consider terminating criminal and wrongful activity?

  • No Sympathy

    This is a PRIME example as to what is wrong with this entire country’s legal system and why OUR country is messed up. Start holding people accountable for their actions and stop slapping them on the hand expecting different results. I understand sometimes people make bad decisions and sometimes people learn from those bad decisions. Unfortunately there are some that will never learn especially when they are given another chance time and time again. I don’t care if our jails are full and overcrowded. Stop making being in jail a luxury and maybe it would start to fix the crime problem. If not, too bad those that break the law can live the life of being in a jail cell with 10 other people. Looks to me like the man in the article has proved well enough that he doesn’t learn and he will continue being a menace to society as he is out on the streets. If he was truly innocent I doubt he would have this many different cases against him. And as for being on the front page…if you don’t want your name there then stop doing what your doing that put it there. It’s not any news reporter’s fault that you chose to break the law, they are just reporting the news because that is their job. No sympathy!!!