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Man sentenced for stalking

By The Mercury

A Wamego man was sentenced Monday to one year of probation with an underlying prison sentence of 12 months for stalking his ex-girlfriend.

District Judge Meryl Wilson sentenced Joshua Weeks, 22, to a 12-month prison sentence for one count of felony stalking and another 12-month jail sentence to be served concurrently for two counts of violation of a stalking order and one count of intimidation of a victim.

Because of his criminal history, Weeks will not immediately serve the prison sentence, and instead will be placed on probation following a court order that he serve 40 days in the Riley County Jail beginning Tuesday. Weeks has already served approximately 60 days.

Weeks pleaded no contest to the charges in April.

During his plea, state prosecutors said he continued to contact his ex-girlfriend despite a protective order issued in September 2012.

In one incident in March, Assistant County Attorney Barry Disney said Weeks 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.

In April, Weeks was also sentenced to 13 months in prison for possession of methamphetamine.  Because of his criminal history he was placed on probation.  Weeks’ 12-month stalking sentence was ordered to run consecutively to that sentence.

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