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Man sentenced, waives extradition

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

Shortly after being sentenced in connection with the Nov. 17 robbery of Love's Country Store, a Hays man waived extradition to Colorado where he faces a charge of attempted murder.

Andrew J. Bennett, 25, ultimately was sentenced Wednesday in Ellis County District Court to 22 months probation on reduced felony charges of attempted robbery and criminal threat.

He ultimately got away with $114 in connection with the robbery but wasn't arrested until January when a team of law enforcement officers arrested him in Palco.

District Judge Ed Bouker balked at the idea of sentencing Bennett to community corrections but ultimately relented -- if Bennett agreed to waive extradition and was picked up by Colorado officials on the charges pending there.

Bennett signed the extradition waiver shortly after his sentencing hearing, clearing the way for Colorado Springs officials to pick him up.

If Colorado decides not to pick him up, Bennett would be going to prison for 16 months on the attempted robbery charge.

That's the presumptive prison sentence that would have been handed down in the absence of a plea agreement.

Bennett's probation is set to run concurrently with whatever sentence he receives in Colorado.

Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees said it's likely any prison sentence he gets in Colorado will be longer than the probation he received in Kansas. If he's convicted in Colorado, his criminal history will be increased as a result of the convictions in Ellis County.

If he's not convicted in Colorado, Bennett would return to Ellis County, where he would serve the remainder of his time on community corrections.