A Hays man entered a guilty plea Tuesday to charges originating from a domestic disturbance that brought out tactical response teams in the vicinity of the Wild West Festival grounds during a concert of last year’s event.
Joseph Dolan pled guilty to one count of felony obstructing law enforcement, two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery and seven counts of misdemeanor battery for the July 1 incident in the 300 block of East Fifth.
Around 8 p.m. that night, a woman went to a neighbor to call 911 after escaping the house through a basement window. She said Dolan had choked her and threatened to kill her with a gun.
With the Wild West Festival concert underway only a few blocks away, the Hays Police Department set up a perimeter around the house and cordoned off the nearby area. The HPD Special Situation Response Team and members of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s tactical response team assisted.
A child in the residence was allowed out of the house unharmed.
HPD began negotiating with Dolan through text messages, and he surrendered around 3:30 a.m. July 2.
Dolan had no prior criminal history. Under the plea agreement, the recommended sentencing is 36 months probation with an underlying 18-month prison sentence, Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees said.
In addition, the victim requested a modification to a non-contact order to allow Dolan to speak to his 8-year-old daughter.
“There’s still no contact between him and the victim, but he is allowed to have phone contact with his daughter,” Drees said.
Dolan has been through inpatient treatment at a residential facility for substance issues, Drees said.
Sentencing will be May 7.