LARNED — A 22-year-old Larned man was arraigned Wednesday morning in Pawnee County in connection with a shooting that took place in December. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Thomas R. Jones appeared before District Judge Bruce Gatterman and entered a plea of guilty to two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.
Jones was originally charged with attempted second-degree murder following the shooting of two individuals on Dec. 11, 2020, in Burdett. Both victims made full recoveries, according to Pawnee County Attorney Doug McNett.
McNett said that since a firearm was used, the crimes carry presumptive prison sentences. The incident also involves Tristan Scott, 18, and two juveniles who allegedly traveled with Jones to Burdett on the evening of Dec. 11 with the intention of robbing the individual. After encountering the individual, Jones reportedly opened fire with a shotgun, hitting the intended individual and another individual standing outside the residence.
“After considering the stipulated evidence and reviewing the defendant’s understanding of the consequences of his plea, Judge Gatterman accepted the plea and found Mr. Jones guilty of the two charges,” said McNett. He added that as part of the plea agreement, Jones agreed to waive his right to appeal the convictions and will be subject to registration as a violent offender.
Other charges against Jones include:
• Attempted aggravated robbery
• Conspiracy to committed aggravated robbery
• Two felony counts of contributing to a child’s misconduct by encouraging the committing of a felony
• Two counts of felony aggravated endangering a child
• Felony inference with law enforcement (concealing of evidence)
Sentencing has not yet been scheduled. Jones remains in the custody of the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of bond.
McNett said the two juveniles have already entered pleas for their involvement.
Tristan Scott’s case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 26.