Archive for Thursday, March 13, 2003

Ex-sheriff, partner fail to pay restitution

March 13, 2003


— Reno County apparently will have to depend on civil courts to recover any money from former sheriff Larry Leslie and attorney Gerald Hertach.

Senior Judge Michael Barbara sentenced Leslie and Hertach to jail in January after being convicted on two counts of conflict of interest in the operation of the Reno County jail annex.

Barbara sent the men to jail after they failed to present a plan to repay Reno County the proceeds from their three-year operation of the jail annex.

Prosecutors accused Leslie of taking almost $285,000 in bribes from Hertach in exchange for persuading county commissioners to contract with Hertach's company, MgtGp Inc., to run the county jail annex.

The men were told the sentences could be commuted if they presented a plan to pay restitution. But neither has done so.

As a result, Reno County's bid to recover almost $750,000 seems bound for civil court.

Hertach told Rice County officials he would serve his year in jail, Sheriff Steve Bundy said Tuesday.

Leslie's attorney, Mike Gillespie, said he hoped "to file something at the appropriate time that the court will be receptive to," but declined to elaborate.

In a related development, Leslie's law enforcement certification was revoked Feb. 26 by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission. The certification was revoked for a violation of the moral character standard -- the conflict-of-interest charge -- of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Act.

And Hertach's law license is before the disciplinary administrator of the Kansas Judicial Branch.

Should Leslie and Hertach complete their year in jail, the court system will have no further jurisdiction in the case, Barbara said.

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