Archive for Friday, March 19, 2010

Federal judge declines to allow bond for meth suspect

A request for Donald Steele to be released on bond was denied by the judge Friday in court. Steele was one of three arrested in connection with meth trafficking in February.

March 19, 2010


A federal judge on Friday denied a motion to reconsider the detention order for a Lawrence man accused of participating in methamphetamine trafficking.

A defense attorney for Donald M. Steele, 50, had asked U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum to release Steele on bond as he awaits trial.

But prosecutors argued Steele was a flight risk if he was released on bond. Lungstrum denied the defense motion.

Steele, 50, and two other Lawrence men — Randy J. Dyke, 50, and Anthony Wayne Sims, 57 — each face one federal count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine from Dec. 20, 2009, until Feb. 17. Sims is the only defendant in the case currently out on $25,000 bond.

The three men were arrested in connection with a raid at 1706 N. 1500 Road, which also housed Steele’s business, All Seasons Tree Service.


Alexander Neighbors 5 years, 6 months ago

HA ! you thought the judge was going to consider that request...... This is the same court house that made history when it had a man imprisoned for complaining about a federal prosecutor ?

And he is still in prison 9 months later and still no trial date..........

somebodynew 5 years, 6 months ago

Yo Smitty, I know this falls on deaf ears, but the documents you read were Defense documents !!! I know this is hard for you to understand, but the defense is going to present only the side it wants - - not neccessarily the truth.

Alexander Neighbors 5 years, 6 months ago

I well somebodynew.... this is important information because if there are problems with this case the police have it could end like the yellow house case.

Judge Lungstrums dismissed the charges...... But the federal prosecutor made up new charges and 5 years later there is STILL no trial date....... I am surprised the ljworld has not done an update story....

been_there 5 years, 6 months ago

Blah, blah, blah, Alex. The reason he was denied bail was because he ran and hid in Lawrence for years the last time he was granted bail in Wichita. Do a little research before you start beating your dead horse.

Alexander Neighbors 5 years, 6 months ago

NavyVet (anonymous) says…

You must be joking. Right? The prosecution has a much higher burden to meet than the defense. Which is to say, the defense has no burden - only the prosecution. Sheesh.

NavyVet Yes the prosecutor must prove that a crime has been comitted if she cant then here are her options in a 5 year long case..... that has cost Lawrence probable close to 1 million dollars.

1.After 4 years of claiming that 2 people are the leaders of lawrence's largest and most sophisticated fencing operation. After the federal charges were dropped and different charges were filed the prosecutor is now claiming guy and carrie are incompetent to stand trial...... why would a federal prosecutor claim the defendants are incompetent ?

Answer.... So this case never goes to trial. If this case goes to trial everything the police and the feds have been doing to these two people will be made very public.

Smitty is right if you are guilty and you know your guilty and there is evidence that proves you committed a crime then your best bet is to take a plea.

BUT If you know your innocent, The charges have already been dismissed by a federal judge and brought back by a vindictive prosecutor who could be facing a prison sentence her self for the crimes she has committed. There are no witnesses or even any evidence that could even be fabricated then by-golly you better demand a trial.

workinghard 5 years, 6 months ago

Where's the renderers, there's dead horses here.

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