A man charged with kidnapping and robbery last year in Cowley County has agreed to plead guilty to those charges in exchange for six others being dropped.

Loengrys Castellanos Mesa, of Grand Island, Neb., was suspected in July of last year by Arkansas City police of hiding in a van, attacking a woman who entered it and then fleeing in her vehicle. 

The initial incident took place in Ark City but then moved north, police said. The woman suffered injuries but was successful in reaching safety. Mesa allegedly fled the scene in her car, but was later apprehended and charged with eight crimes on a warrant that set a bond of $250,000. He is still at the Cowley County Jail.

The plea deal filed in Cowley County District Court in May, after a preliminary hearing in which some evidence is presented, shows that Mesa agreed to plead guilty to one count of kidnapping and one county of attempted aggravated battery, according to court documents. 

Counts of aggravate robbery, aggravated burglary of a motor vehicle, criminal threat, theft, stalking and domestic battery are dismissed under the agreement.

The punishment on the kidnapping charge ranges from 55 to 247 months,  a fine up to $300,000, and 36 months of post-release supervision. The battery charge carries a penalty range of 17 to 46 months, a fine up to $100,000 and post release supervision of 24 months.

Prosecutors have recommended a total sentence of 102 months in prison.

“The court is aware of the extreme nature of the defendant’s actions, the effect those actions would have on an ordinary person, and the emotional and physical effect they actually had upon the victim,” the recommendation, filed last month, states.

Mesa has two prior convictions for criminal threat in Nebraska, according to the plea agreement. But the county attorney’s office is asking that those convictions, as it relates to sentencing, be considered non-person felonies based how the complaint against Mesa was filed in Nebraska, and due to differences in the Nebraska and Kansas statutes on criminal threat.

With a kidnapping conviction, Mesa, 35 at the time of the incident last year, would have to register as a violent offender for life under Kansas law, and he might be deported from the United States with limited or no chance of returning, the plea deal states. 

The case is scheduled for a review hearing Aug. 5 in Judge Chris Smith’s courtroom, according to online records.

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Another plea deal in Cowley County what’s new!

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