A woman accused of giving a gun to a known felon that was later allegedly used in a Hays homicide pleaded no contest to that and other charges Thursday afternoon in Ellis County District Court.
Alysha K. Meade, 29, waived her right to Thursday's scheduled preliminary hearings. Instead, she entered no contest pleas to misdemeanor charges of interference with a law enforcement officer, criminal distribution of a firearm to a felon and possession of marijuana, and felony possession of methamphetamine.
Misdemeanor charges of possession of Alprazolam and drug paraphernalia were dismissed.
Sentencing will be scheduled later. Because Meade was on probation for a Russell County drug tax stamp violation at the time of the crimes, special sentencing rules will apply to the felony meth charge, with prison as the presumptive sentence. Depending on Meade’s criminal history report, she could face between 10 and 42 months in prison.
While Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees will argue for the prison time, the plea agreement also states Meade and her defense attorney, Max Eulert, will seek a departure from sentencing, asking for probation with Northwest Kansas Community Corrections and participation in Drug Court.
Meade was charged with providing Ryan Paul Thompson with a Browning Buck .22 caliber handgun on Feb. 27, according to court documents, knowing he had been convicted of felony aggravated endangerment of a child in October in Russell County.
Thompson, 34, is charged in Ellis County with the premeditated and intentional murder that same day of Diego Gallaway, 26. A preliminary hearing in that case is scheduled for Sept. 30.
Meade told police that Thompson had received the gun from Bryce Koehn, but another witness told police that Meade had given Thompson the gun, according to the arrest affidavit, which Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees used for the factual evidence in Thursday’s hearing.
Meade was arrested March 8 after a traffic stop. When her vehicle was searched, investigators found a zippered container inside a door with drug paraphernalia that field tested positive for meth and marijuana.