Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson was honored tonight at the Leavenworth County Bar Association Annual Dinner for his years of service as chairman for the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission from 2014-2016. Thompson was appointed to the Commission by Former Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Davis in 2010 for the term of attorney practicing less than ten years. Thompson was later reappointed to a second term and elected Chair of the Commission. The Kansas CLE Commission is responsible for the administration of the rules and regulations for the continuing legal education. Thompson said, "It's an honor to be part of such a great group who assure that attorneys are getting information that help them be better attorneys."
Nov. 21, 2016 – Leavenworth, Kan. Robert Earl Miller, Jr., 53, of Leavenworth, pled guilty as charged to two felony counts of aggravated battery and one count of domestic battery on Oct. 19, 2016, in Leavenworth County District Court. Judge Sundby sentenced Miller to 162 months in prison due to his criminal history and the severity level of the offense.
The Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office filed charges following an incident on March 10, 2016, in which officers were called to Miller’s girlfriend’s home after he shoved his girlfriend into a piece of furniture. Miller’s girlfriend’s friend responded to the home to help. Miller beat the friend over the head with a baseball bat causing her to need multiple staples in her scalp. Miller also hit a minor with the baseball bat. The minor was uninjured. Miller fled from the scene before officers arrived. Kathryn Devlin was the attorney for the State and Matthew Tilma represented the defendant.
Charles Sample, 45 years old from Tonganoxie, was sentenced to 28 months in prison for a drug offense stemming from contact with law enforcement on September 24, 2016. Sample will serve 12 months of post release supervision upon completion of his sentence.
An officer with the Tonganoxie Police Department observed Sample in the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Tonganoxie, and knew Sample had active warrants for his arrest. The officer approached Sample, explained to him that he had warrants for his arrest, and ultimately placed him in custody. The officer located a baggie of methamphetamine in Sample’s pocket.
A day and a half jury trial ended today with the jury finding James Madlock Jr. guilty of all six counts he was charged. James Madlock Jr., 34 year old Leavenworth, Kansas resident, was found guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of aggravated endangering a child for an incident that took place on November 12, 2015.
Today I received a note of appreciation from Jerry Gorman, District Attorney for Wyandotte County. The note was to let me know how impressed he was with the citizens of Leavenworth County, and their support for Captain David Melton as we lined up along the street with our flags to pay our respects.
What he witnessed is something I know well about our community. We have always reached out to those in need, to honor our heroes, whether it’s the fallen solider being put to rest at Fort Leavenworth, or in this case, a fallen law enforcement officer. We are a community that cares about people, regardless of race, religion, or ideology.
What I also know about our community, is something that I know of Kansas as a whole. We embody our State motto, “To the Stars through difficulties.” Times have been difficult lately and the world has seen too much blood-shed. Too many of our law enforcement, our heroes, have been killed in the line of duty. Right now most of what we hear from around the nation and world is blame, anger, resentment and hate. But that’s what we hear.
What the great citizens of Leavenworth County showed on that Saturday is strength, solidarity, and love. What Jerry Gorman wrote about is what I experience daily in working within our community. I see the strength in our law enforcement even in the face of adversity and anger. I see solidarity amongst our law enforcement in the cooperation the officers and other agencies share amongst themselves, and with our County Attorney’s office. I see the love that our community has expressed to law enforcement through gifts, cards, and well-wishes.
Thank you Leavenworth County.
Leavenworth County Attorney