Supreme Court Changes Jail Credit Rules

Topeka, KS – The Kansas Supreme Court held that an inmate must receive credit for all time spend in jail awaiting the conclusion of his case, overruling 45 years of precedent. In State v. Hopkins, No. 124,851 (Kan. Oct. 20, 2023), Mark Hopkins II spent 572 days in jail awaiting trial and sentencing for a…

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MSC: jury finds former deputy guilty on child sex charges

Troy, KS – A jury convicted former sheriff’s deputy Nathaniel Keller on multiple sex crimes against a child. Keller committed these crimes in 2017 while he was off duty. Evidence showed that Keller sometimes used alcohol he seized from underage drinking parties to intoxicate the victim before molesting her, and used his position as a…

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Scott County Record: Brown gets 3 ‘hard 25’ sentences

Scott City, KS – Following a jury trial in April 2023, Jeremey David Brown was convicted of three off-grid sex crimes against multiple children, each offense carrying a 25-to-life prison sentence. On September 12, 2023, he was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences, with a mandatory minimum of 50 years in prison. The evidence revealed…

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Award – Top 100 Trial Attorney

Dothan, AL – The National Trial Lawyers (NTL) committee has bestowed the prestigious “Top 100” award upon Adam Zentner for 2023.  The NTL Top 100 is an invitation-only professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state who meet precise qualifications as criminal defense trial lawyers. “Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase…

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Award – Top 10 Defense Attorney

Washington D.C. – The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA) has awarded Adam Zentner the prestigious “TOP 10 UNDER 40,” honoring him as one of the state’s “preeminent criminal defense attorneys” of 2023. Thousands of attorneys are nominated each year, but only the top ten attorneys in each state are selected by the committee…

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LJ World: Eudora man sentenced to probation for aggravated sexual battery in case that was originally charged as rape

A Eudora man was sentenced to probation Monday in connection with an incident in 2020 in which he was alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman in her home. The man, Griffin D. Oxley, 22, entered a no contest plea to one felony count of aggravated sexual battery in April, according to court records. He was…

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Adam Zentner presents to the Convention of States

Adam Zentner was recently honored to have been invited to present to the Convention of States on the topic of the First Amendment and Religious Freedom. It was a great discussion with wonderful feedback from the audience. It’s inspiring to see non-partisan groups like COS engaging in respectful and substantive discussions about core American freedoms.

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LJ World: Lawrence man’s prison sentence suspended to probation for confronting police with assault rifle and terrorizing woman at pool hall

A Lawrence man was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Friday for an incident where he confronted police with an assault rifle after ramming into a woman’s car and threatening to harm her, but that sentence was suspended to probation despite the woman’s objections. The man, Jesse Lamont McDonald, 33, pleaded no contest in…

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LJ World: Lawrence man gets 3 years of probation for his role in attacking off-duty police officer

A Lawrence man was sentenced to 3 years of probation on Monday in Douglas County District Court in connection with an attack on an off-duty Lawrence police officer. The man, Jackson Eugene Brouhard, 20, was convicted of one felony count of reckless aggravated battery for an incident around 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, 2022, when…

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LJ World: Lawrence man pleads no contest in fentanyl case that led to 18-year-old’s death

A Lawrence man pleaded no contest on Tuesday in Douglas County District Court in a fentanyl distribution case that resulted in a teenager’s death. The man, Logan Hastie Morgan, 23, was convicted of one felony count of attempted distribution of a controlled substance causing death. As part of Morgan’s plea agreement, the state dismissed two…

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