Criminal case proceedings
Gregg L. Best, 19, Topeka, was sentenced Thursday to one to two years imprisonment on a felony count of theft and a total of nine months in jail on two misdemeanor counts of theft. Best originally was charged with the theft counts and three felony counts of burglary after he allegedly burglarized several automobiles on Jan. 27. On Sept. 25, he pleaded guilty to the three theft charges. A judge Thursday ordered Best to undergo a test for illegal drugs. The judge ruled that he would release Best on a five-year probation term if the test showed that the defendant had not taken drugs recently.
Maurice Wheeler, 46, Overland Park, and Edward Z. Henderson, 35, Kansas City, Mo., were sentenced to prison terms Thursday on felony drug-related charges. Wheeler was sentenced to four to 15 years imprisonment on an amended felony count of possessing cocaine. Henderson was sentenced to three to 10 years imprisonment on felony cocaine possession charges. Wheeler and Henderson were arrested June 13 at a local motel after they sold cocaine to an undercover informant working for local law officers. Each man was charged that day with a felony count of possessing cocaine with the intent to sell and not placing a Kansas drug tax stamp on cocaine. Both men pleaded guilty to amended charges.