Archive for Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Basehor man seeks new trial

March 27, 2002

A sentencing hearing for a Basehor man convicted of six drug related charges has been continued because he's seeking a new trial.

Wade Bates was scheduled to be sentenced Monday March 25 on drug-related charges stemming from two searches of his residence located outside Basehor .

The hearing has been delayed until April 22.

In January, Bates was convicted in Leavenworth County District Court of attempted unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and having no drug tax stamp.

The charges against him stemmed from the first search of Bates' home in February 2000.

Officials from the Leavenworth County District Attorney's office said Bates' defense attorney has filed a motion seeking a new trial.

Bill Winzenburg, Leavenworth County Victim Witness office, said the sentencing hearing was delayed so a judge could review the motion.

Bates was also scheduled to be sentenced Monday on charges from the second search of his home in February 2001.

In February 2002, Bates pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bates is being held at the Leavenworth County Jail.

Three other Basehor men made court appearances Monday.

A preliminary hearing was set for April 8 for Joseph Nick, Mark Ocamb and John Zimmerman.

The three men are each charged with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of ephedrine as a precursor, possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, no drug tax stamp and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The three men were arrested after sheriff's deputies searched a home outside Basehor on 166th Street Friday, March 15.

Two of the men were allegedly cooking methamphetamine when the search warrant was executed, authorities said.

All three men appeared Monday with an attorney present.

Defending Ocamb will be attorney Michael Willcott and appearing for Zimmerman and Nick was attorney Michael Waite.

Winzenburg said Nick or Zimmerman would probably find a different attorney because having the same one could cause problems.

As of Monday, Zimmerman and Ocamb were being held in Leavenworth County Jail.

Nick is out on bond.

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