Kansas City man pleads no contest to aggravated assault on Lawrence police officer
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A Kansas City, Missouri, man on Tuesday pleaded no contest in Douglas County District Court to assaulting a police officer.
The man, Carlos Garcia Gaspar, 43, entered the plea to one felony count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer as part of a plea deal that saw multiple other felony charges being dropped.
The case against Gaspar arose on Aug. 30, when he was alleged to have damaged a car and the windows of two businesses with rocks — Scooter’s Coffee and the TRU by Hilton Hotel in West Lawrence — and to have threatened three law enforcement officers with a rock.
He was originally charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, three felony counts of criminal damage and one felony count of obstruction in connection with the incident. All of those charges, except one count of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
According to Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Tatum, officers were called to the scene by a hotel worker who noticed Gaspar acting strangely in the parking lot and damaging property. Officers indicated that Gaspar would not comply with their request to drop a rock he was menacing them with, and they used a stun gun twice on Gaspar to subdue him, as the Journal-World has previously reported.
Judge Amy Hanley accepted the plea deal and scheduled Gaspar, who was represented by defense attorney Adam Zentner, to be sentenced on Jan. 13. She indicated that the general sentence he faced under Kansas sentencing guidelines was between 17 and 46 months, or 1.4 to 3.8 years, depending on various factors.