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Eight with concealed-carry permits charged with felonies in Sedgwick County

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 9:45 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

Eight Sedgwick County residents with concealed-carry permits have been charged with felonies while using a firearm since the state first began issuing those licenses more than five years ago, according to the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.

Three of those have had their licenses revoked permanently, while three others have their permits suspended pending outcome of their cases. Two have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, allowing their licenses to be reinstated.

Statewide, there have been 44 permit holders charged with felonies while using a firearm. Most of those didn’t fire their weapons. Many of the cases are rooted in a domestic issue.

Information on the following cases from around the state was obtained from district attorneys, county attorneys, court clerks and the attorney general’s office:

• Brian E. Badders. Pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a firearm in Miami County on Jan. 27, 2011. In a road-rage case in 2010, Badders fired a shot in the air. Dispute escalated after the other driver said Badders threw a billiard ball and hit his windshield, County Attorney David Miller said. Sentenced to probation. Concealed-carry license revoked permanently.

• Kristina Coppenbarger. Convicted of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer in Johnson County in April 2011. She was shot by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper after she pulled a gun. Sentenced to six months in jail. Concealed-carry permit license revoked.

• Jason S. Craig. Convicted on April 15, 2011, in Sedgwick County District Court of aggravated assault while using a handgun during a road-rage incident. Sentenced to probation. Concealed-carry license revoked permanently.

In August 2010, Craig’s car was next to a semi-truck at a stoplight. Pickup behind semi over in Craig’s lane when light turns green. Pickup driver said Craig was going slow and appeared to be doing something with his cellphone. When pickup passed the semi, the driver switched lanes and pulled alongside Craig. The driver said Craig pointed a handgun at him. “I didn’t think I was going to see my kids that night,” the pickup driver told police. Pickup driver called police.

Police found Craig with a black handgun and a big knife. He told police he kept his gun in his lap because it poked him if he used a holster while driving. Craig, who had a private investigator license, told police he was tailgated by the pickup, felt threatened and never pointed a gun at anyone.

• John S. Hayworth Jr. Charged with attempted murder in Jefferson County. His license is suspended. A 62-year-old rural Valley Falls resident, Hayworth is accused of shooting William Schoonover with a handgun on Dec. 4, 2011. A mistrial was declared in the case last month after jurors saw improper evidence. The judge set a Jan. 24 court date to reschedule the trial.

• David R. Marsh. Pleaded guilty Sept. 16, 2009, in Sedgwick County District Court to misdemeanor count of domestic battery and felony count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a handgun. Sentenced to 24 months probation. Concealed-carry license revoked permanently.

About 3 a.m. on Jan. 22, 2009, police responded to a domestic battery call at a west Wichita residence. Marsh was choking a woman, dragging her by her hair. After police knocked on the door, he came outside. Police saw a handgun in his back waistband. Marsh refused police orders to get out on the ground; police said they saw him reach for his gun, so police used a Taser to subdue him. Police found a handgun in his possession.

• Jesse J. Segovia. Charged in two cases in Sedgwick County District Court. One is for a DUI on Feb. 4. 2011. The other is a felony charge for firing a rifle on Nov. 3, 2011, into an occupied residence on South Palisade in Wichita. License has been suspended.

On the DUI charge, police say they found a gun in his possession. A concealed-carry license can be revoked when the permit-holder is carrying under the influence, according to the attorney general’s office. The charge is set for a bench trial Nov. 27.

On the felony charge, police allege Segovia fired a rifle into the home from outside after a domestic struggle with his girlfriend. Bench trial set for Dec. 5.

• Joseph A. Winkler. Pleaded guilty in February 2009 in Sedgwick County District Court to two counts of aggravated assault with a handgun. Sentenced to 24 months probation. Concealed-carry license revoked permanently.

Probation revoked during hearing June 2010 because he tested positive for amphetamines, failed to pay court costs and didn’t do required community service. Judge added 12 more months of probation. Probation was revoked after he was arrested on DUI charge in February 2011. Sentenced to 11 months less time served – leaving him to spend about four more months in prison.

On Oct. 1, 2008, Winkler threatened his soon-to-be ex-wife with a gun about closing time at a bar they owned on South Exposition. She said he pointed a handgun at her and said, ‘Don’t make me blow this up,’ ” according to a witness. He said he retrieved his handgun as he always does at closing time and was carrying it in a holster.

Winkler left with his girlfriend, who worked at the bar, and they got into an argument on the way home. At home, the girlfriend said Winkler grabbed her by the throat and pointed a gun at her neck. He threatened to kill her as he chased her across the yard. The soon-to-be ex-wife had already called police and told them they would find Winkler at his home. Police arrested him and seized the handgun.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or at rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com.

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