Tracy Dame, whose court delays were chronicled in The Eagle, is out of jail after pleading guilty to three misdemeanors Monday.
Dame had been jailed since June, accused of aggravated indecent liberties with a minor.
He said in a story published March 24 that he wanted his day in court. Lawyers had asked for, and received, 14 continuances since Dame waived his preliminary hearing Aug. 30 and was arraigned. His trial was set for Monday – the 10th time it had been on the calendar.
Dame reached a plea agreement instead of going to trial. He will be on probation for a year, he said Tuesday.
Most of the requests for more time to try the case came from his lawyer, Brad Sylvester, a trial attorney in the Sedgwick County Conflict Office. That office handles cases that public defenders can’t take because of a conflict of interest. Sylvester had asked for 11 continuances throughout Dame’s case, records show, and the state asked for three continuances.
The severity of Dame’s case played a role in the number of continuances, Sylvester said. Sylvester said he also had been out of the office from mid-November through January because of a family emergency.
Continuances are common in court.
At the request of The Eagle, officials in the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office took a look at the 50 inmates in jail the longest amount of time.
Maj. Glenn Kurtz disregarded inmates who were facing federal charges and those already convicted. That left 22 inmates on the day of the report, March 21, facing trial with 463 continuances between them, an average of about 21. In 2010, the same report found those inmates in jail the longest had an average of 17 continuances between them.