2013 News Releases

Sumner County man sentenced to 25 years for drug, gun charges

Release Date: Mar 22, 2013

John McConnellWELLINGTON – (March 22, 2013) – A Sumner County man was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison today after being convicted of methamphetamine and gun charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. 

John David McConnell, 51, of South Haven, was sentenced to 308 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections for manufacturing methamphetamine by Judge R. Scott McQuinn in Sumner County District Court. In addition, McConnell was sentenced to 6 months for criminal possession of firearm, 11 months for possession of drug precursor, 11 months for possession of methamphetamine, 11 months for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and 6 months for possession of marijuana with no tax stamp. McQuinn ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

A Sumner County jury convicted McConnell of the charges last month. 

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Kay County, Okla., Sheriff’s Office. Assistant Attorney General Greg Benefiel of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.

Photo courtesy of Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.

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