2016 News Releases

Parsons man sentenced to 15 years on meth charges

Release Date: Oct 21, 2016

PARSONS – (October 21, 2016) – A Parsons man was sentenced today to fifteen years in prison for distributing methamphetamine, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Steven Chrisshawn Bell, 33, was sentenced to 180 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections by Judge Robert J. Fleming in Labette County District Court for two charges. Bell pleaded no contest in September to one count of distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property that occurred in Cherokee County in April for which he received a prison sentence of 96 months. Bell also pleaded no contest to the same charge in August related to an incident that occurred in Labette County in February for which he received a prison sentence of 84 months. Judge Fleming ordered that those sentences are to run consecutively to one another.

The charges stemmed from investigations by the Pittsburg Police Department, the Parsons Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorney General Steve Wilhoft of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the cases.

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