Posted 2 years ago
By Fred Gough
A 25-year-old Hutchinson man was in court this morning where he entered pleas to all of the charges against him including a charge of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, six counts of aggravated assault and criminal possession of a firearm.
Austin L. Lemonds was arrested back on December 12, after he allegedly pointed a gun at six people who apparently live with him in the apartment.
Officers were dispatched to the location on the report of a possible hostage situation and Reno County Sheriff Deputy Rick Newton was close by and responded. Lemonds apparently pointed the gun at the officer as he entered the residence, but dropped it quickly when he realized it was an officer.
Lemonds entered a plea of no contest to the aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, but guilty to all the other charges.
Judge Joe McCarville found him guilty of the charges and set sentencing for March 15. This is a presumptive prison case.
Lemonds had been paroled from prison back in April of 2011 after serving time for a drug conviction out of Rice County. Because of that conviction, it’s illegal for him to have possession of any type of weapon.