Jan 10, 2020 10:00 AM

Former Kan. sheriff's deputy pleads guilty in wife's beating

Posted Jan 10, 2020 10:00 AM
Eric Walker photo Johnson County
Eric Walker photo Johnson County

Olathe, Kan. (AP) —A former Kansas sheriff’s deputy who admitted beating his wife has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery.

As part of his plea deal Wednesday, two charges were dropped and prosecutors will recommend that Eric Leon Walker, 38, be sentenced to probation.

Walker was placed on leave after his arrest and has not worked for the Johnson County Sheriff's office since Nov. 22.

Walker was accused in court documents and at a November court hearing of beating his wife and threatening to kill her at their home last May. She testified the couple's son was in the house during part of the altercation.

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Jan 10, 2020 10:00 AM
Police catch 2 drug suspects driving on the wrong side of Kan. road
Gutierrez photo Cowley County Sheriff 

COWLEY COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects on drug charges after a traffic stop.

On December 7, a police officer conducted a traffic stop on vehicle in the 500 block of North Sixth Street in Arkansas City for driving on the wrong side of the roadway, according to a media release.

The vehicle had three occupants.

During the traffic stop, the officer determined that the tag on the vehicle had expired and the vehicle had an open title that did not show proper ownership or proof of insurance.

Because the vehicle could not be operated legally on a city street, officers conducted an inventory of the vehicle prior to its being towed from the scene. During this search, they discovered items of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

Further investigation led to the arrest of two of the passengers. Larry Charles Armstrong Jr., 37, Ponca City, Oklahoma, was arrested on requested charges of one felony count each of no drug tax stamp and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

They also arrested Jamie Hugo Gutierrez, 26, Ponca City, Oklahoma, on requested charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Both Armstrong and Gutierrez remained in custody.