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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • No contest plea for offender registration, drug charges

  • A Leavenworth man has pleaded no contest for failing to register as an offender and two drug related charges.
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  • A Leavenworth man has pleaded no contest for failing to register as an offender and two drug related charges.
    Scott W. Goodpaster Jr., 29, entered the plea Monday in Leavenworth County District Court. His had been scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in his case later this week, but a plea agreement was reached.
    He pleaded no contest to failing to register as an offender, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    The crimes occurred in September and October in Leavenworth.
    As part of the plea agreement, other charges were dismissed. There were will be a joint recommendation for what is considered to be the standard sentence under state sentencing guidelines for the offender registration charge with the sentences for the other charges to run concurrent.
    Defense attorney KiAnn McBratney said she believed this would work out to a recommendation for a 39-month sentence. She said this was based on an earlier bond screen for her client.
    Goodpaster said he believes his criminal history score will be less severe than what was reflected in the bond screen.
    McBratney said the 39 months represented the worst case scenario for her client.
    District Judge Gunnar Sundby initially suggested scheduling sentencing for next month. But McBratney asked if the sentencing could be pushed out until Aug. 2. She noted her client is a trusty in the Leavenworth County Jail.
    The prosecution did not object to the request and sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 2.
    According to information reviewed in court by Assistant County Attorney Joan Lowdon, Goodpaster is required to register as an offender because of a sex crime conviction. He had failed to register after moving within the city of Leavenworth as required by law.

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