Attorney advises against speculation in death cases

For months, the disappearance of Lucas Hernandez has been on the minds of many in this community, including criminal defense attorney Dan Monnat. “Speculation in these cases is always to be avoided. Science and medicine will tell us the manner in which Lucas Hernandez died, whether that’s by criminal means or by natural causes or accident….”

Former Wichita elementary school teacher who dealt cocaine out of home gets probation

A former Wichita third-grade teacher caught dealing cocaine out of her kitchen won’t go to prison for now — but she will have to serve a 60-day jail sanction as a condition of her probation. In her mind, she was providing drugs to men so they would like her,… and defense attorney Trevor Riddle told the court she “…truly believed the only way to keep these men in her life was to do what they asked — which was to obtain cocaine….”

Former Victoria teacher sentenced to probation for sex offense

A former teacher and coach at Victoria Junior/Senior High School was sentenced in Ellis County District Court to three years of probation for sexual battery of a 14-year-old student. Defense attorney Sal Intagliata said Jordan Ottley did not know he had bipolar disorder and had been given medication for anxiety. This led to him having a manic episode, during which the crime occurred. Intagliata called Ottley’s behavior as uncharacteristic.

Judge throws out drug case after finding federal prosecutor in KCK intimidated witness

In a rare move, a federal judge has thrown out a defendant’s conviction on drug charges after ruling that the prosecutor had interfered with his Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial. Dan Monnat, tells KCUR, “Prosecutors wield tremendous power, but the Bill of Rights …. prevents a prosecutor from denying an accused the witness needed for a fair trial by the prosecutor threatening and intimidating the(m)…,”

Man gets just under six years in prison for 2015 double killing

A Sedgwick County judge last week sent a 23-year-old man to prison for just under six years for shooting three people he thought were trying to collect drug money from him. Ray’s defense attorney, Sal Intagliata…said Ray fired at the three men because he feared they were after him for money, drugs, revenge or his life… Prosecutors had asked the judge to order Ray serve about 4 1/2 years more time than he was given…

Former Halstead police chief enters no contest plea in theft case

Halstead’s former police chief entered a no contest plea Tuesday afternoon to two misdemeanors involving the theft of ammunition from the city. “After almost 38 years as a law enforcement officer, it is unfortunate that Mr. Lewis’ career concluded in this fashion,” attorney Sal Intagliata said. “But Mr. Lewis didn’t want continued media coverage on… his family…so he thought this was … the most appropriate way to resolve this.”

Wichita Police Chief hopes to open door wider for recruits

When Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay thinks about the men and women he’d like to see working for him one day, he doesn’t envision classes filled with cadets who have spotless pasts. That could include recruits who have crimes in their past. Dan Monnat, is encouraged “to see the top brass of the Wichita Police Department recognize that people deserve second chances…

Matthew Gorney Joins Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered as Asssociate Attorney

WICHITA, Kan. – Matthew Gorney has joined Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered as an associate attorney. A Wichita native, Gorney is admitted to practice before the federal and state courts in Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013 where he earned certificates in both Advocacy Skills and Media, Law and…