James Madlock sentenced to 8 years for shooting a man


James Madlock, 34 years old from Leavenworth, was sentenced in Leavenworth District Court to 101 months in prison over a shooting which took place November 12, 2015.  He will serve 36 months of post release supervision with the Kansas Department of Corrections upon completion of his prison sentence.  Madlock must also register as a violent offender for 15 years once released from prison. 


Madlock was convicted by a jury on August 2, 2016 of attempted voluntary manslaughter, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of aggravated child endangerment.  Evidence was presented at trial that Madlock and two other individuals were in an argument outside a Leavenworth apartment.  Madlock brandished a firearm, and chased the victim into the apartment where he ultimately shot the victim.  Witnesses also testified that he pointed the firearm at one of the apartment tenants, and fired the weapon while two children were in the residence.  Madlock fled the scene and ended up in Kansas City, Missouri.

Billy Dean Reed Jr. sentenced for fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement


Billy Dean Reed Jr., 31, was sentenced Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court to 14 months in prison for fleeing and attempting to elude members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.

Reed reportedly fled from officers Jan. 26. The pursuit began in the area of Kansas 92 Highway and 183rd Street.

Officers eventually discontinued the pursuit because of safety concerns. Reed was later apprehended.

He was sentenced to over a year with the department of corrections.

Marcas McGowan gets a life sentence without parole


Today, Marcas McGowan, 32 year old Atchison man, was sentenced in federal court to life in prison without parole in to one count of kidnapping resulting in death of a 5-year-old-girl and a ten year sentence for one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Thompson prosecuted the case.   The case was originally charged in Leavenworth County District Court, but Thompson asked to have it filed in Federal Court and continue to prosecute the case due to better alternatives in sentencing.  Thompson said, “In Kansas McGowan was looking at a life sentence with a parole at 25 years or at most 50 years for this case.   In Federal Court we knew we would be able to sentence him to life without parole and I didn’t want him to have the opportunity to ever get out of prison.”  

Former U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom and Acting U.S. Attorney Thomas Beall appointed Thompson.

Thompson said of the sentencing, “My prayers go out to the family.   There is no justice when a child dies like this, but the only resolve is to know that McGowan will never see the light of day and hurt anyone again.  Thanks to the FBI, KBI, Platte County Police, Platte City Police, Atchison Police, Atchison Sheriff, Leavenworth Police,  First responders and everyone else who helped in this horrific tragedy.”

In the plea agreement, McGowan admits to threatening his girlfriend on July 18, 2014, and kidnapping his girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter, in Atchison. As police arrived on the scene, McGowan sped away.

Facts from previous news articles:

Fleeing from Atchison police, McGowan drove at speeds reaching 80 mph. The chase went through downtown Atchison and across the Missouri River into Missouri, where officers lost sight of the car.

Meanwhile, McGowan’s mother and grandmother called McGowan, urging him to let the child go or return the young girl to her mother. McGowan responded by saying, “the police were going to have to kill him,” according to the plea agreement.

Law enforcement officers also spoke with McGowan as he drove, again urging him to release the kidnapped child. McGowan demanded that officers bring his girlfriend to him and exchange her for the child.

“The defendant also told the officer that he was ‘tired and he could not take it anymore,’ ” the plea deal states. “Once the officer explained (his girlfriend) would not be brought to the bridge, the defendant ceased speaking with the officer.”

About an hour after he fled, McGowan’s car was spotted by a Platte County, Mo., sheriff’s deputy. After avoiding a road block, McGowan fled at speeds of 95 mph.

According to the plea agreement, McGowan slowed his vehicle, likely to lure officers closer, and then fired at them from his vehicle. As they pursued, he crossed back over the Missouri River into Leavenworth.

After finally stopping his vehicle, McGowan exited with a 9mm pistol pointed at officers. The officers ordered him to drop the gun and, when he refused, shot McGowan. On the ground, McGowan continued pointing the gun at officers and was again shot after refusing to drop it.

With McGowan unconscious, officers checked on Cadence and found a lot of blood on her face. Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

“An autopsy was performed the next day and the child’s death was determined to be a homicide, with the cause being an intermediate-range gunshot entry at the back of her head,” according to the plea agreement. The injury, it was determined, was “non-survivable” and caused “rapid death.”

Robert E. Miller Jr. sentenced for two counts aggravated battery


Nov. 21, 2016 – Leavenworth, Kan. Robert Earl Miller, Jr., 53, of Leavenworth, pled guilty as charged to two felony counts of aggravated battery and one count of domestic battery on Oct. 19, 2016, in Leavenworth County District Court.  Judge Sundby sentenced Miller to 162 months in prison due to his criminal history and the severity level of the offense.

The Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office filed charges following an incident on March 10, 2016, in which officers were called to Miller’s girlfriend’s home after he shoved his girlfriend into a piece of furniture. Miller’s girlfriend’s friend responded to the home to help. Miller beat the friend over the head with a baseball bat causing her to need multiple staples in her scalp. Miller also hit a minor with the baseball bat. The minor was uninjured. Miller fled from the scene before officers arrived.  Kathryn Devlin was the attorney for the State and Matthew Tilma represented the defendant.  

Defendant sentenced to two years for aggravated assault on undersheriff


Shanenon D. Kagen, 32, was sentenced to two years in Leavenworth County District Court for the charge of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

The charge stemmed from a June 3, 2015, incident in a parking lot of the Justice Center in Leavenworth. The Justice Center houses the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office as well as the courtrooms for Leavenworth County District Court.

Kagen assaulted Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley while racing away from the parking lot in his vehicle, according to testimony from a preliminary hearing.

The standard prison sentence in his case would have been three years and three months under the state's sentencing guidelines. But the prosecution agreed to recommend a two-year sentence as part of a plea agreement.