Tonganoxie man pleads no contest for failure to register as offender
A 48-year-old Tonganoxie man pleaded no contest to one count of failure to register as required by the Kansas Offender Registration Act on Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court.
Scott Meinert previously was convicted in Leavenworth County for second-degree murder and aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. Those convictions require him to register with the sheriff’s department for the county in which he resides. He was convicted in January 2000. He fatally shot his wife, Wanda Meinert on Aug. 7, 1998. Wanda Meinert worked as a Leavenworth County Sheriff’s dispatcher.
Assistant county attorney Michael Jones had filed charges alleging that Meinert failed to notify the Leavenworth Sheriff’s Department or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation within three days of a change in his residence.
A preliminary hearing began April 24 and was recessed until Wednesday for County Attorney Todd Thompson to present testimony that Meinert had changed his residence. Before that testimony was presented, Meinert appeared with his attorney, waived his right to the hearing and entered the plea.
Sentencing is set for May 24, 2013.
According to a change in the registration law that became effective last July, the possible sentence is 40-46 months.