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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Trial set in drug, assault case

  • A trial has been set in the case of a man accused of pointing a gun at Leavenworth police during a drug search.
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  • A trial has been set in the case of a man accused of pointing a gun at Leavenworth police during a drug search.
    Defendant John James Baskas appeared Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court. His trial is now scheduled for Feb. 4.
    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.
    A trial date was set Wednesday after Baskas’ attorney, Edward Gillette, said plea negotiations had not been successful.
    “It appears there’s an impasse in discussions and negotiations,” Gillette said.
    He said his client is not going to plead to something he’s not guilty of.
    The attorney predicted the trial will take at least two days if not three or four days.
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