Defense Attorney Strikes Deal On Drug, Domestic Charges

A day after his arrest for a bond violation, a prominent Topeka defense attorney entered a plea deal.

Wendell Betts was taken into custody Tuesday at the Shawnee County Courthouse for an undisclosed probation violation. He was due in court January 22 for arraignment.

Instead, in court Wednesday, Shawnee County prosecutors dismissed several counts against Betts. Those included domestic battery and intimidation of a witness stemming from a March arrest. In addition, counts of stalking, violating a protection order and two traffic citations also were dismissed. Those counts were filed following a July arrest.

In exchange for the dismissals, Betts pleaded no contest to four remaining counts from the July arrest. Those were drunk driving - first arrest, possession of a hallucinogenic drug, use or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and an open container violation.

Betts was given a six-month suspended sentence and placed on 12 months probation. He will serve two days in jail and was ordered to follow recommendations of an alcohol and drug evaluation. The judge also prohibited Betts from possessing or consuming alcohol during his probation period. He also cannot carry a firearm and cannot have any violent contact with the victim in the case.

In addition, Betts was assessed fines and court costs totaling just over $1,000.