Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle wracked up a new felony charge Tuesday connected to an alleged threat made against a Sedgwick County Jail deputy while Randle was incarcerated on two other pending felony cases, according to court and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office records.
The deputy was in one of the jail’s detention pods shortly after 8 p.m. on May 14 “enforcing the rules” when Randle allegedly “threatened the deputy for doing so,” sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Lin Dehning said in an e-mail. Specific details of the threat have not been released.
The agency turned the investigation over to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution. The district attorney decided to charge Randle with one count of criminal threat, which carries a presumptive sentence of five to 17 months in prison.
The case – Randle’s third locally with felony charges – is the latest in a string of legal woes faced by the former NFL player and Wichita Southeast High School standout. He was cut from the Cowboys organization on Nov. 3.
Of his other two felony cases pending in Sedgwick County District Court, one accuses him of hitting three people with a car after he was asked to leave a housewarming party at in the 8600 block of East Scott in February following an argument. The other charges Randle with dodging a law enforcement officer trying to serve him with a felony warrant issued after he failed to show up for a court date.
A judge last week found Randle fit to stand trial on four counts of aggravated battery, criminal threat, criminal damage to property, misdemeanor marijuana possession and interference with a law enforcement officer associated with those two cases after his defense attorney, James A. Crawford II, requested a competency evaluation. Comcare of Sedgwick County reported the results of the testing in a June 7 report, according to court records.
The Comcare evaluation comes after the NFL Players Association in April withdrew an offer to transport the 24-year-old to one of its inpatient mental treatment facilities for at least a 30-day stay if he posted $45,000 bond.
Court records show Randle posted that bail amount on Friday, but he was booked back into the jail at 3:32 p.m. on Sunday. Dehning, the sheriff’s spokesman, said it appears Randle was released from the jail’s custody Sunday morning after paying the bond.
Randle made a first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court on the criminal threat allegation Tuesday afternoon via a video link from the Sedgwick County Jail. Dressed in a red jail jumpsuit, Randle appeared confused by the new case, asking the judge: “How did I get a charge for this?”
District Judge Jeff Goering replied that he knew none of the particulars of the accusations. “My job at this point in the proceeding is just to advise you of the charges,” he said. He set Randle’s bond at $5,000 and ordered him to return to court for a preliminary hearing on July 6.
Randle said in court he plans to hire a lawyer to represent him rather than applying for a court-appointed lawyer.
He is due back in court for preliminary hearings in the other two pending felony cases out of Sedgwick County on July 26, according to court records.
In addition to the Sedgwick County District Court cases, Randle was:
▪ Arrested on suspicion of trying to steal cologne and underwear from a Texas department store in October 2014
▪ Under investigation by Wichita police on suspicion of domestic violence and marijuana possession in February 2015, neither of which resulted in charges
▪ Arrested and charged with four misdemeanors springing from a dispute at the Kansas Star Casino in November
▪ Arrested on a speeding warrant out of Coppell, Texas, in February.