Judge follows agreement in indecent liberties case
By MIKE CORN
After spending 717 days in the Ellis County jail, Beverly Ann Snavely learned Thursday she will be spending the rest of her 32-month sentence in prison.
If all goes well, she could be released as early as Jan. 12.
Her sentencing hearing comes less than a month after she pleaded no contest as part of a plea agreement to charges of attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.
Her husband, Clinton, also was arrested in October 2011 and is awaiting trial on 14 counts involving the same child.
District Judge Ed Bouker, at the urging of court-appointed attorney Kip Johnson, went along with the plea agreement, which called for a sentence of 32 months in prison -- to be served concurrently -- on each of the charges against her.
Johnson urged Bouker to accept the plea agreement arguing two of the four competency evaluations performed on Snavely found she "had a long history of mental illness."
"This is very much a circumstance where Mrs. Snavely was unable to assert herself because of her mental condition," he said.
Johnson said as part of the plea agreement, Snavely has said she intends to seek additional help.
Both Clinton and Beverly Snavely were found competent to stand trial after a series of evaluations locally and at Larned and Wichita.
In three of the four evaluations -- including the one requested by defense attorneys -- they both were found competent.
Beverly Snavely's evaluations, however, found she suffered from mental illness.
Bouker essentially followed the terms of the plea agreement, including ordering post-release supervision of two years on each count to run consecutively.
Generally, those instances run concurrently.
What won't happen, however, is she will not serve out the rest of her term in the Ellis County jail as had been suggested at the time she pleaded no contest.
But, with a 15-percent good time credit, assuming she follows all the prison rules, Snavely is expected to be released by Jan. 12.
She also faces a lifetime of registering as a sex offender.
Clinton Snavely's arraignment on the 14 charges -- two counts of rape, eight counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and single counts of criminal sodomy and indecent liberties with a child -- has been set for Monday.
The charges allege the abuse started in 2002 and continued through 2011, from the time the girl was 6 years old until she was almost 16.