Shooting suspect enters no contest plea

WAMEGO, Kan.–A Wamego man who is the suspect in a shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of December 10th, 2013, outside of the Quality Inn in Manhattan was in Pottawatomie County District Court Thursday morning.

Dustin Monroe of Wamego entered the no contest plea on two counts of court.jpgaggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and criminal discharge of a weapon at an occupied building. He was found guilty on those charges.

In court the prosecution testified that in the early morning hours of December 10th, 2013, Monroe was outside of the Quality Inn on East Poyntz Ave. in Manhattan with a long rifle next to a pick up truck. Monroe was accused of firing the weapon towards law enforcement and at the Quality Inn, sending patrons inside the establishment running for cover.

Police eventually fired back, striking Monroe. He was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for a gunshot wound.

Sherri Schuck, Pottawatomie County Attorney, explained that the plea agreement is a win-win situation for the state.

“We avoid having a lengthy or costly trial. We have three absolute person convictions, and we get to argue an appropriate sentence,” Schuck said.

Schuck further explained that all three charges are felonies. Monroe could be facing between 17 and 46 months in the Department of Corrections for the two aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer charges, and between 17 and 46 months on the criminal discharge of a firearm charges.

Sentencing was scheduled for August 14th at 1:00 p.m. in Pottawatomie District Court in Westmoreland.

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