Man pleads no contest in stalking

By The Mercury

A Wamego man pleaded no contest to stalking his ex-girlfriend in Riley County District Court Monday afternoon.

Joshua Weeks, 22, appeared with counsel in front of District Judge Meryl Wilson to plead no contest to one count of stalking, two counts of violation of a protection order and one count of intimidation of a victim in an attempt to persuade the victim from filing a report.

During his plea, state prosecutors said Weeks continued to contact his ex-girlfriend despite a protective order issued in September 2012. In one incident in March, Senior Deputy County Attorney Barry Disney said he left the woman more than a dozen voicemails and called her more than 60 times, leaving, Disney said, threatening messages that that made the woman fear for her life.

In other incidents in January, Disney said, Weeks sent the woman text messages asking her to drop the protective order so he would not go to jail.

As a part of his plea deal, several counts of violation of a stalking or protective order, spread across several separate cases, were dismissed. Weeks is confined to the Riley County Jail on $25,000 bond. During his plea, Judge Wilson denied lowering his bond.

Weeks will be sentenced on May 13 at the Riley County Courthouse.

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