Archive for Thursday, May 20, 2004

Sentencing is this week for Bidnick

May 20, 2004

A man convicted of several traffic related offenses, including one that resulted in the death of a local man, is scheduled to receive sentencing this week for convictions he received in Basehor Municipal Court.

Brett Bidnick is the second driver in an Oct. 2003 fatality accident, which claimed the life of 22-year-old Basehor man Kevin Swope. In that case, he pleaded no contest to leaving the scene of a fatality accident.

In a separate case, stemming from a Feb. 2003 accident in Basehor, Bidnick was charged and convicted of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Bidnick and his lawyer, Ed Gillette, appealed the convictions but a Leavenworth County District Court judge upheld them.

After a series of postponements, Bidnick is set for sentencing at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 20 in Judge Frederick Stewart's courtroom. Sentencing hearings in March and April were delayed.

Basehor police officers said the driving under the influence conviction is Bidnick's second. Prosecutor Mike Kelly said a second conviction carries a mandatory five-day jail sentence.

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