A Leavenworth felony animal cruelty case may be resolved through a plea agreement.

A Leavenworth felony animal cruelty case may be resolved through a plea agreement.

Lemuel D. Hunter Jr., 58, appeared Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court for what was supposed to be a pretrial conference.

But the pretrial conference was continued at the request of Hunter’s attorney, Geoffrey Sonntag.

Sonntag said he is in plea negotiations with Assistant County Attorney Michael Jones. Sonntag asked that the pretrial conference be continued until Aug. 22 “in hopes that we can resolve the case.”

District Judge Michael Gibbens continued the pretrial conference until Aug. 22.

Hunter is charged with felony animal cruelty for allegedly abusing a dog Feb. 19 in Leavenworth. He is accused of burning the dog with a propane torch.

A trial has not yet been scheduled in the case. Hunter remains free on bond.

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