LARNED — Michael Patrick Stacey, 20, of Larned was sentenced to five years and one month in state prison at a sentencing hearing Wednesday in the Pawnee County District Court. Stacey was charged with felony attempted rape of a female roommate on the night of Oct. 25, 2019.
According to County Attorney Douglas McNett, Stacey entered a plea to the lesser charge of attempted rape, a severity level 3 person felony, on September 18. At the plea hearing, McNett advised the court that had the matter proceeded to trial the State would have presented testimony that on the night of October 25, 2019, Stacey entered the bedroom of a female roommate at his Larned home and attempted to have sexual intercourse without her consent. Defense counsel indicated Stacey had no objection to the proffer as he was intoxicated at the time of the incident and has limited memory.
The defense argued that while not a legal defense, alcohol consumption and the defendant’s limited intellectual functioning contributed to the crime.
Following state sentencing guidelines, District Judge Bruce Gatterman sentenced Stacey to the mitigated sentence of 61 months in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections. Stacey is eligible to earn up to 15 percent good time credit. He will be subject to 36 months post-release supervision and lifetime registration as a sexual offender.
Stacey has been in the custody of the Pawnee County Sheriff since his arrest on November 12, 2019. He will receive jail credit toward his prison sentence.