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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Continuance in drug, assault case

  • The case of man accused of pointing a gun at Leavenworth police during a drug search has been continued so the defense can consider a plea offer.
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  • The case of man accused of pointing a gun at Leavenworth police during a drug search has been continued so the defense can consider a plea offer.
    Defendant John James Baskas appeared Friday in Leavenworth County District Court for what was scheduled as a pretrial conference. But Baskas’ attorney, Edward Gillette, said a plea offer from the prosecution had been received late Thursday. The attorney requested a continuance for about a month “until we figure out where we’re going with this.”
    Baskas is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, cultivation of marijuana, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, violating the drug tax stamp law, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
    The charges stem from a June 21, 2011, incident during the execution of a search warrant at 1104 N. 12th where Baskas was living with his parents. Baskas allegedly pointed a gun at two members of the Leavenworth Police Department as they made their way through the home. A sergeant with the Police Department fired at Baskas, who was wounded.
    Assistant County Attorney Michael Jones said Friday that he felt a continuance would be appropriate. He said there essentially already had been a pretrial conference in the case. There currently is no trial date set in the case.
    The case was continued until Oct. 24. The next court date will be used to check the status of plea negotiations.
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