Charges that included aggravated domestic battery were dropped last week after Jordan Levingston entered a “no contest” plea to one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and was found guilty on the single charge.
That count, which was originally filed as a level 2 drug felony with the allegation it occurred with 1,000 feet of Jefferson Elementary School property, was amended to a lesser, level 3 drug felony.
The original charges stemmed from the night of July 2 when Great Bend Police officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at 2814 24th St. It was reported at the time that Levingston had choked his mother during an argument at the residence. During the investigation, about 3.5 ounces of marijuana were found — a quantity that led to the charge of “intent to distribute.” Also dismissed were felony charges of possessing paraphernalia for use in the distribution of drugs — i.e., a safe — and failure to have a drug tax stamp. Misdemeanor charges of battery and drug paraphernalia — a butane torch and smoking pipes containing residue — were also dismissed.
Sentencing on the remaining charge is scheduled for Nov. 8 and Levingston remains free on a $25,000 own-recognizance bond.