HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A local man serving a just under seven year prison sentence after he was convicted of two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and a misdemeanor count of intimidation of witness was scheduled for court Friday in another matter.
Tanner Ward is accused of stealing some copper pipes from the construction site at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. He then took the pipes to Midwest Iron and Metal and sold them for cash. In doing so, he apparently signed papers saying the items were his. The state charged him with making false writing.
He was recently assigned a new attorney, Steve Osburn and he indicated that they can probably work out a deal with the state to end the case. It’s scheduled for trial on May 9, but that may not happen.
Ward is currently serving time for two counts of burglary for a case from 2013 as well as the two counts of aggravated indecent liberties involving a child 14 to 16 years of age. The encounters occurred on two dates: Jan. 9 and Jan. 11, 2016.