A jury found an Atchison man guilty as charged for multiple drug felonies as the result of a trial earlier this week in Atchison County District Court.
Dedrick R. Haley was convicted by a panel of 12 of his peers of distribution of methamphetamine for a transaction that occurred during February of 2018. The following convictions arose from February 2016 incidents that include two counts of failure to obtain a drug tax stamp, distribution of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, plant and/or cultivation.
Eight women and four men comprised the jury panel. The trial began Tuesday, May 14, and concluded Wednesday, May 15, after closing arguments were heard. The jurors entered the court chambers for deliberation about 11:40 a.m. They returned about an hour later to the courtroom and delivered their unanimous verdict.
Atchison County Attorney Sherri Becker said it is likely Haley will be sentenced to about eight to 11 years in state prison, according to Kansas Sentencing Guidelines. Haley is scheduled for a sentencing hearing at 1 p.m. Monday, June 24, in district court.
District Court Judge Robert Bednar ordered a pre-sentencing investigative report by Atchison County Court Services. Since his arrest on March 29, 2018, Haley has remained free from confinement on a $25,000 bond amount. Bednar allowed the Haley’s bond to continue.
Haley’s conviction culminated from a four-month long Atchison County Sheriff’s Office investigation. Some evidence presented at trial centered on an undercover investigation. Haley was 42 years old at the time of his arrest.