Sentencing has been continued for a man who has been convicted in separate cases of pointing a gun at a bondsman and battering a law enforcement officer.

Sentencing has been continued for a man who has been convicted in separate cases of pointing a gun at a bondsman and battering a law enforcement officer.

Orville W. Sieg, 47, was scheduled to be sentenced in two cases Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court. But the sentencing was continued after he raised objections to entries in his criminal history that appeared in pre-sentencing reports.

In one of the cases, Sieg is awaiting sentencing for a felony charge of interference with a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, driving with a suspended license, criminal damage to property and reckless driving.

These charges stem from a July 29, 2017, incident in Leavenworth. Sieg reportedly was in a vehicle at a convenience store at 300 N. Fourth St. when a police officer attempted to take him into custody for an arrest warrant for a drug charge, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Sieg reportedly resisted arrest and placed the car in drive while the officer was partially inside of the vehicle. The officer was dragged as the car exited onto Miami Street. Sieg reportedly struck the officer, attempting to dislodge him from the vehicle.

The officer was thrown from the vehicle onto Miami Street, suffering injuries to his knees, right forearm and one of his hands.

Sieg was convicted of these charges in June.

In another case, Sieg is awaiting sentencing for a charge of aggravated assault. This charge stems from an April 4, 2017, incident in Leavenworth. A bond recovery agent reportedly spotted Sieg, who had previously failed to appear in court. A warrant had been issued for Sieg’s arrest.

Sieg, who was in a vehicle, reportedly pointed a handgun at the bondsman. Sieg then reportedly fled the scene, driving down a grass embankment, according to Thompson.

Sieg also was convicted in this case in June.

The sentencing was continued Wednesday to allow time to verify convictions that were listed in a criminal history that was prepared for pre-sentencing reports.

“I think his criminal history has to be accurate,” said Sieg’s attorney, James Colgan.

Sentencing was continued until Sept. 28.

Before sentencing was continued Wednesday, Colgan argued in favor of a motion for a new trial in the aggravated assault case.

Colgan argued the victim made statements during the trial that were not believable. Colgan said the victim indicated he had been in fear for his life.

“Yet he was the one who took the aggressive actions and postures,” Colgan said.

Colgan also said Sieg does not believe the case was brought to trial in a speedy manner.

Assistant County Attorney Shawn Boyd said the speedy trial issue “is something the defendant has brought up multiple times.”

Boyd argued Sieg does not understand the law that governs speedy trial requirements in Kansas. Boyd said the defendant was being held in custody for three cases, which means the state’s speedy trial requirements did not apply.

In terms of the evidence presented during the trial, Boyd said the victim and defendant both testified and it came down to which one the jury believed.

“They apparently did believe the victim,” Boyd said.

Sieg asked to speak during the hearing, and he was granted permission by District Judge Michael Gibbens.

Sieg said an article about him had appeared in the newspaper about a week before the trial. He argued that jurors knew of him.

Gibbens said this is an issue the defendant could have raised before the start of the trial. The judge also said jurors indicated during the jury selection process that they did not know who the defendant was.

Gibbens said the issue of credibility of witnesses usually is left to the discretion of the jury.

“There were two versions of the event,” he said. “The jury chose to believe the state’s version.”

Gibbens said the state law regarding a speedy trial did not apply because Sieg was being held in other cases.

The judge denied the motion for a new trial.

Colgan also raised the issue of his client receiving credit for time he has spent in jail.

“He’s got to be given credit on one of these cases,” Colgan said.

Gibbens said this matter can be taken up when Sieg returns to court next month.

In March, Sieg was convicted in another case of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced in this case to more than three years in prison.

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