Sentencing hearing delayed
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.