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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Defendant sentenced to prison for failing to register as offender

  • A man who served time in prison for a Leavenworth murder will be returning to prison for failing to properly register as an offender.
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  • A man who served time in prison for a Leavenworth murder will be returning to prison for failing to properly register as an offender.
    Scott Meinert, 48, Tonganoxie, was sentenced Friday in Leavenworth County District Court to 40 months, or more than three years, in prison.
    He pleaded no contest earlier this month to one count of failing to register as required by the Kansas Offender Registration Act.
    He's required to register as an offender as a result of being convicted in 2000 for second-degree murder and aggravated assault of law enforcement officers.
    The conviction was in connection to a 1998 shooting in Leavenworth that resulted in the death of Meinert's wife, Wanda, according to media reports at the time.
    He was paroled from prison in 2007, according to a Kansas Department of Corrections website.
    A Kansas Bureau of Investigation public offender registry website lists Meinert as a violent offender.
    Charges were filed against Meinert after he reportedly failed to notify the Leavenworth Sheriff’s Department or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation within three days of a change in his residence, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.
    As part of a plea agreement, there was a recommendation for what was considered the mitigated sentence under state sentencing guidelines.
    Meinert's attorney, Kevin Reardon, said in court Friday that his client had accepted responsibility for the crime.
    When given the opportunity to speak, Meinert said he wanted to apologize.
    "I'm sorry," he said.
    He specifically apologized to his parents.
    When imposing the sentence, District Judge Gunnar Sundby said Meinert had properly responded and took care of the case.
    The judge followed the recommendation for the 40-month mitigated sentence.
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