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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Defendant pleads guilty to stabbing

  • A Lansing man has pleaded guilty to stabbing another man in the chest.
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  • A Lansing man has pleaded guilty to stabbing another man in the chest.
    Christopher L. Allison, 50, pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated battery Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court.
    The charge stemmed from a Feb. 2 incident at a Lansing residence.
    Officers found an unconscious 47-year-old man on the floor of the residence. The man had been stabbed in his upper chest, Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said.
    The injuries were considered life-threatening at the time, but the victim survived.
    Allison was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.
    But, he waived the hearing because he had reached a plea agreement with the prosecution.
    "It's a written agreement," said Allison's attorney, Michael Willcott.
    A copy of the agreement was presented to District Judge Gunnar Sundby, who reviewed the terms.
    As part of the agreement, there will be a recommendation for a 34-month prison sentence.
    The prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney Adam Zentner, also has agreed to dismiss a case against Allison's brother, who was charged with interfering with the judicial process.
    A 34-month sentence would result from what is referred to as a downward departure from the state's sentencing guidelines.
    Zentner said a 52-month sentence would be the normal sentence in the case.
    "You understand I'm not bound by the agreement," Sundby said to Allison.
    The judge said he still can sentence Allison according to the law.
    Zentner reviewed facts about the case before Sundby accepted Allison's plea.
    Zentner said police were called to an apartment Feb. 2 for a report of a stabbing. When police arrived, they found the victim bleeding heavily from the chest.
    "He had suffered from extreme blood loss," the prosecutor said.
    Zentner said Allison readily admitted to stabbing the victim.
    Sundby accepted Allison's plea.
    "I cannot sentence you today," the judge said. "The law requires that I order a pre-sentencing report."
    Sundby scheduled sentencing for Aug. 20.
    Allison remains in custody at Leavenworth County Jail.
    Zentner said after court that the motive for the stabbing is unclear.
    Allison's brother, Anthony E. Allison, was charged with interfering with the judicial process for allegedly washing the knife after the stabbing.

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