Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2004

Sentencing hearing delayed

April 8, 2004

The sentencing hearing for a man convicted of various traffic offenses was delayed Thursday, April 1 in Leavenworth County District Court.

Brett Bidnick -- the second driver in an Oct. 2003 fatality accident -- was to be sentenced Thursday morning on convictions from a separate case, a Feb. 2003 traffic accident in Basehor.

The accident in Basehor occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 24/40 and 155th Street. Bidnick was charged and convicted in Basehor Municipal Court of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

A county judge upheld the convictions during an appeal.

Thursday morning, Bidnick appeared before the court, but the hearing was delayed because he hadn't completed a pre-sentencing investigation with a probation officer, Basehor prosecutor Mike Kelly said.

The judge ordered Bidnick to complete the pre-sentencing requirement and tentatively scheduled another sentencing hearing for May 20 in district court.

The probation officer will interview Bidnick, review his criminal background and gather information for a sentencing recommendation, which then would be submitted to the court, Kelly said.

Bidnick agreed to a plea bargain in the fatality accident, pleading no contest to leaving the scene of a fatality accident and driving with a suspended license, all misdemeanors.

He was fined the maximum penalty allowable by law, a $500 fine and $60 in court costs.

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