Defendant sentenced for attempted aggravated robbery


Emmanuel L. Brooks, 20, Kansas City, Kansas, was sentenced for the charge of attempted aggravated robbery. The charged stemmed from an April 28, 2016 incident at Jimmy John's in Lansing.  Brooks attempted to rob the sandwich shop with a BB gun.

Lansing Police Chief credited an employee of the business and a customer with thwarting the robbery attempt.  In terms of state sentencing guidelines, the case was considered a "border box" case. This means probation was possible if the judge ruled that certain factors were met.   The Court found that sentence could be suspended and gave Brooks probation.

County Attorney receives recognition for his service as Kansas CLE Chair


Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson was honored tonight at the Leavenworth County Bar Association Annual Dinner for his years of service as chairman for the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission from 2014-2016.  Thompson was appointed to the Commission by Former Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Davis in 2010 for the term of attorney practicing less than ten years.  Thompson was later reappointed to a second term and elected Chair of the Commission.  The Kansas CLE Commission is responsible for the administration of the rules and regulations for the continuing legal education.   Thompson said, "It's an honor to be part of such a great group who assure that attorneys are getting information that help them be better attorneys."

Clayton Wilmer receives a 20 year sentence


Twenty-six year old Leavenworth resident Clayton Wilmer was sentenced to four charges in Leavenworth District Court today.  He received 19 years and five months with the Department of Corrections for criminal discharge of a firearm in an occupied vehicle, and another six months for aggravated endangering a child, (which is required by law to run consecutive to any other conviction).


The Court further ran Clayton Wilmer’s nearly 20 year sentence concurrent to another case involving the same victim in which Wilmer was sentenced to 16 years earlier this year.


In the case in which Wilmer was sentenced to 16 years, he was sentenced to Aggravated Battery, Robbery, Criminal Restraint and Intimidation of a Witness.  Those offenses were also domestic violence related and occurred in August, 2014 when Wilmer attacked his victim, breaking her jawbone and taking her phone.  He was convicted of those charges following a jury trial in January, 2016 and sentenced in March.    Due to the Court’s decision, Wilmer is only facing 19 years and 11 months sentences for all these cases.    These cases are to run consecutive to his 2011 conviction for distributing marijuana which he is currently serving an 18 month sentence.


The sentencing today were from charges that arose on October 24, 2014 near a residence on South 10th Street, in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Witnesses testified during the trial that Wilmer had been texting his former girlfriend throughout the day.  He then approached the former girlfriend as she was getting into her car with another male and her infant daughter.   According to the testimony, Wilmer fired a shot from a 9 mm handgun into the car and struck the male in the right leg.  He then pointed the handgun at the male.  The daughter of Wilmer and his former girlfriend was in the backseat of the car.  A witness who was driving in the area observed Wilmer running north on 10 Street, stop and throw the handgun into a storm drain and continue running north.   He was then observed discarding a coat and hat into a creek north of Shawnee Street on 10th.  The handgun, hat and coat were retrieved by Leavenworth Police Officers.   Forensic testing by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation found that DNA on those items matched the DNA of Wilmer.  A jury convicted Wilmer of all four of these counts in September of 2016.

James Madlock Jr. guilty of six counts including attempted voluntary manslaughter


A day and a half jury trial ended today with the jury finding James Madlock Jr. guilty of all six counts he was charged.   James Madlock Jr., 34 year old Leavenworth, Kansas resident, was found guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of aggravated endangering a child for an incident that took place on November 12, 2015.  

Letter of Appreciation for Leavenworth County


Today I received a note of appreciation from Jerry Gorman, District Attorney for Wyandotte County. The note was to let me know how impressed he was with the citizens of Leavenworth County, and their support for Captain David Melton as we lined up along the street with our flags to pay our respects.  

What he witnessed is something I know well about our community.   We have always reached out to those in need, to honor our heroes, whether it’s the fallen solider being put to rest at Fort Leavenworth, or in this case, a fallen law enforcement officer.   We are a community that cares about people, regardless of race, religion, or ideology.  

What I also know about our community, is something that I know of Kansas as a whole. We embody our State motto, “To the Stars through difficulties.”   Times have been difficult lately and the world has seen too much blood-shed.  Too many of our law enforcement, our heroes, have been killed in the line of duty.  Right now most of what we hear from around the nation and world is blame, anger, resentment and hate.  But that’s what we hear.

What the great citizens of Leavenworth County showed on that Saturday is strength, solidarity, and love.   What Jerry Gorman wrote about is what I experience daily in working within our community.   I see the strength in our law enforcement even in the face of adversity and anger.  I see solidarity amongst our law enforcement in the cooperation the officers and other agencies share amongst themselves, and with our County Attorney’s office.   I see the love that our community has expressed to law enforcement through gifts, cards, and well-wishes.  

Thank you Leavenworth County.


Todd Thompson

Leavenworth County Attorney