2016 News Releases

AG files terrorism charge against man accused of kidnapping state judge

Release Date: Jun 08, 2016

GARDEN CITY −(June 8, 2016)− A man accused of forcing himself at gunpoint into a state judge's home last week and holding the judge hostage for several hours while making demands of the state has been charged with terrorism, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Schmidt yesterday filed criminal charges against Jason Linn Nichols, 33, in connection with the incident that occurred May 31 in Garden City. The charges are one count of terrorism by alternative means, one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal threat and one count of criminal restraint. Bond has been set at $1.3 million.

Kansas law defines terrorism to include the commission of a felony with the intent to influence government policy by intimidation or coercion or with the intent to affect the operation of any unit of government. Under Kansas law, a terrorism conviction carries a possible life prison sentence.

Criminal charges are merely accusations.  Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.     

Any public comments on the prosecution of Nichols are governed by the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3.6, Trial Publicity, and Rule 3.8, Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor. All media requests or inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Attorney General, 120 S.W. 10th, 2nd Floor, Topeka, Kansas 66612, (785) 296-6115.

Nichols is scheduled for a first appearance June 15 at 1 p.m. in Finney County District Court.

A copy of the complaint is available here: http://1.usa.gov/1t6tMFR .

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