By Jim Misunas
Keeping up with the Gleasons is not an easy task.
Jason Michael Gleason became the third family member to be accused of a felony crime involving a gun Tuesday in Saline County.
Bank robbery suspect Jason Michael Gleason, 30, of Lyons, was booked into the Saline County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder in the commission of a felony, attempted second-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and a probation violation. Gleason will face bank robbery charges at a later date, most likely in federal court, according to Kyle Smith, deputy director for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
The vehicle Jason Gleason was occupying crashed following a police chase from I-135 to near Gypsum on Assaria Road Tuesday evening. A shootout between the suspect and a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper ensued, according to Smith.
Smith reports three people were injured in the shootout.
Gleason’s brothers are in prison for convictions for murder and a drive-by shooting.
Sidney Gleason, 33, was convicted of capital murder, first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and criminal possesion of a firearm in 2006 in Barton County. He became the eighth person on Kansas’ death row. Sidney Gleason was convicted of murdering Miki Martinez and Darren Wornkey of Great Bend in 2004 because he was afraid Martinez was going to testify against him in a stabbing case.
Sidney Gleason was also convicted in 2000 for attempted involuntary manslughter in Shawnee District Court. Sidney Gleason shot his mother’s former boyfriend Mark Hall, 41, who was wounded three times. In 2000, Sidney Gleason had been convicted of three or more nonperson felonies. He has been convicted twice of aggravated robbery and convicted for criminal use of a weapon. His criminal convictions date to 1995 for attempted burglary and 1996 for criminal damage to property in Shawnee County.
Hall testified he was helping Irene Gleason move when Sidney, her son, shot him three times. Sidney was acquitted Feb. 18, 2000, of premeditated first-degree murder in the death of Dimitri T. King and attempted murder in the wounding of King’s friend, Tevis M. Smith, in 1999. King died of a gunshot wound that partially severed his spine.
Another brother, Justin Gleason, 31, was sentencd to 12 years in prison after he pleaded no contest in September to 23 criminal charges stemming from a Reno County drive-by shooting in February. Five adults and two children were inside the targeted home when the shooting occurred, which injured one person. Justin Gleason had been previously charged with attempted aggravated robbery, criminal threat and blackmail in a 2011 criminal case in Reno County.