Leftwich sentenced to 55 months, McKenney to be sentenced

Anthony Leftwich, 59, of Dawson, Neb., was sentenced to a total of 55 months – 48 months for aggravated battery charge and seven months for criminal threat – on Thursday, Sept. 29.

He also was ordered to pay court costs, fees and restitution totaling $333,510.50. He will also be required to register as a violent offender for 15 years. Leftwich remains in the Nemaha County Jail awaiting transportation to the Secretary of Corrections.

Leftwich was charged with aggravated battery and criminal threat following an incident which took place on May 29 at Sabetha City Lake.

The Sabetha Police Department responded to a report that an individual – Thad Lambrecht, 40, of Bern – had been shot. Witnesses physically detained Leftwich until officers arrived.

According to witnesses, Leftwich was armed with a handgun at the time, and the handgun was recovered at the scene. Leftwich was taken into custody and booked into the Nemaha County Jail.

Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck said the two were acquaintances and were involved in an argument, which led to the shooting.

James McKenney

James McKenney, 50, of Sabetha is scheduled to be sentenced at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

McKenney is charged with aggravated assault, two counts of criminal threat, possession of methamphetamines, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with law enforcement.

These charges stem from a five-hour standoff – which occurred on March 14 – with multiple police agencies, including the Sabetha Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office, Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Hiawatha Police Department.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.


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