In a News Release dated December 5, Johnson County Attorney Ken DeCock's office gave updates on various court proceedings from the last few weeks.
On November 16, Matthew Gonzalez was sentenced to six to 10 years in prison on two counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
After serving one year in jail, Gonzalez will be placed on 10
years of supervised probation, the terms of which include a provision that Gonzalez not be in the presence of anyone under the age of eighteen.
Charges were based upon sexual relations Gonzalez had with a 15 year-old.
At the sentencing hearing, County Attorney DeCock argued that typical sentences of two to four years or three to five years, are not sufficient to protect the community from recidivism.
On November 26, Frank Miranda of Buffalo pleaded guilty to one count of Blackmail and one count of Crimes Against Computer Users. At the hearing, Miranda admitted to using an App on his cell phone to access the victim’s cell phone and then download photographs from the victim’s phone. Miranda then threatened to post compromising photographs of the victim on the internet if she did not provide him with photographs of her in the nude.
Miranda faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both at his sentencing in January of 2013.
Also on November 26, Edward Louis Warax of Buffalo pleaded guilty to one count of felony DUI.
Warax was arrested on March 13, 2012, after driving off Kumor Road and getting his vehicle stuck.
Warax had previously been convicted of DUI in January of 2006, October of 2006 and in March of 2009.
Warax faces a maximum of two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 for the offense.
Sentencing will be in January of 2013.
Misty Johnson of Buffalo pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting a peace officer and one count of use of a controlled substance at a court hearing on November 26.
As part of a plea agreement, the State dismissed one count of assaulting a peace officer in exchange for Johnson admitting
liability and paying restitution costs for both counts as part of the agreement. There is no agreement as to sentencing.
Johnson faces a maximum penalty of 10 and one-half years, $10,750.00 in fines or both.
On November 26, Luke Adam Corlis was sentenced to four to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of Burglary.
Corlis was ordered to serve one year of the sentence in the county jail followed by eight years of supervised probation.
Corlis was ordered to pay $1,549 in restitution for items he took during the burglary.