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Stockton woman pleads no contest to drug charges

9/12/2012

By MIKE CORN

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

The Stockton woman who authorities said received methamphetamine from former Rooks County Sheriff Randy Axelson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a series of charges as part of a plea agreement.

Kara A. Horn, wearing a florescent yellow Rooks County jail outfit, appeared in Ellis District Court for a hearing on the plea agreement.

During the 30-minute hearing, Horn pleaded no contest to two counts of possession of methamphetamine and a single count of aggravated endangerment of a child, all felonies.

She originally had been charged with four felony charges, as well as two misdemeanor charges. The other three charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

While District Judge Ed Bouker ordered a pre-sentence investigation, the plea agreement suggests her criminal background will result in an overall underlying prison sentence of 40 months.

She's expected to be placed on community corrections for three years, however.

Horn was arrested in late December on the charges, a turn of events that eventually resulted in the arrest of Axelson, who was serving as sheriff at the time.

He since has resigned and pleaded guilty in late July to four felony charges, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.

Five remaining charges filed against him were dismissed by Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees, who was named a special prosecutor in the case.

There's no sentencing agreement in Axelson's plea agreement, other than a request from Drees for a total sentence of 64 months in prison.

Axelson's attorney, Kurt Kerns, Wichita, has indicated he will ask Bouker to depart from the state's sentencing guidelines.

His sentencing hearing is set for Dec. 11.

Sentencing for Horn has not been scheduled, pending completion of the pre-sentence report.