2011 News Releases

Caldwell man sentenced to 13 additional years in prison for battering corrections officers

Release Date: Oct 21, 2011

WELLINGTON – (October 21, 2011) A Caldwell man has been sentenced to more than 13 additional years in prison for two counts of battery against county corrections officers, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

Thomas Melvin Guerra, age 24, was originally charged with five counts battery against a corrections officer, three counts battery against a law enforcement officer, two counts obstruction of official duty, three counts criminal threat and one count criminal damage to property. The crimes occurred in June, September and November 2010 while Guerra was being housed in the Sumner County Jail pending disposition of two 2009 cases.

In September, Guerra pled guilty to two counts of battery against a corrections officer. Yesterday, Judge William R. Mott, sentenced Guerra to 162 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections to run consecutively with the 167-month term Guerra received for the 2009 cases.

The Summer County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Lee Davidson from Schmidt’s Office.

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