Archive for Friday, November 21, 2008

Tonganoxie man pleads no-contest to false report charge

A Tonganoxie court verdict was handed down without trial. A Tonganoxie man who told police that someone broke into his stepfather's home and shot him plead no-contest on Friday.

November 21, 2008


A 24-year-old Tonganoxie man pleaded no contest Friday to a charge of falsely reporting that an intruder shot him last July.

Johnathan D. Wilkerson will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 in Leavenworth County District Court. Wilkerson also agreed to pay $780 in restitution in connection with the false report.

On July 11, Wilkerson told Tonganoxie police that he had been shot by a 5-foot-10 black man wearing a white T-shirt who had broken into his stepfather’s Tonganoxie home.

The report sparked a manhunt that included the Basehor Police Department, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers. Law enforcement searched for the suspect with dogs.

Wilkerson’s nonlife-threatening injuries were treated, and he was released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital the same day.

Another misdemeanor charge of criminal use of a financial card on Aug. 5 was dismissed.


somebodynew 9 years, 6 months ago

OK, I get that his report was false. But he was shot, so who did it?? Did he do it himself, or was it an accident by a friend they tried to cover up??? There are certainly more questions that need answered. Now, I am glad he is facing repercusions for what he did, but curious minds want to know.

skinny 9 years, 6 months ago

He shot himself to avoid going to Iraq with his unit.

skinny 9 years, 6 months ago

If only the Lawrence Journal World would print the whole story!!

somebodynew 9 years, 6 months ago

OK, skinny now that makes sense (sort of...). At least it is a reason, even if he had done it by accident it would have made the story more complete.

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