Cruelty to Animals, Aggravated Assault; Parson’s man sentenced

Cruelty to Animals & Aggravated Assault; Parson's man sentenced to 2 years probation
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PARSONS, Kan. – A Parsons man was sentenced last week to 2 years of probation for his role in a 2021 Aggravated Assault & Cruelty to Animals case.

Prosecutors originally charged Drew Bishop Michael Newton, of Parsons, with the following:

  • Count 1: Attempted murder in the 1st degree; Intentional and premeditated
  • Count 2: Aggravated domestic battery; choke in rude manner; family member/dating relationship
  • Count 3: Criminal threat; Cause terror, evacuation or disruption
  • Count 4: Cruelty to animals; Malicious torture or killing

In May of 2022, Newton took a Plea to dismiss counts 1 and 3.

A Montgomery County Judge sentenced Newton to two years probation and one-year post-release supervision.

“I have noticed a long list of crimes that take place in Parsons and most of the violent crimes are of a domestic nature. I have talked about this on our Podcast aired on KLKC and archived on our website. Domestic violence has been a historic issue in Parsons and is one of the most difficult problems to irradicate,” said Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks. “If you or anyone you know have been a victim of domestic violence please reach out to those in need and teach them where to find help or call the police and get resources for help.”

2021 crime

On January 19, 2021, at around 4:00 pm, Parsons Police responded to a call regarding a reported battery that took place in the 3000 block of Dirr.

Officers say they spoke to the victim who stated that the suspect had strangled them and threatened to kill them during an altercation.

The victim’s injuries were evaluated by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the victim was later taken to the hospital by private vehicle for treatment after giving officers a statement.

Sergeant Cheryl Landon and Corporal Stewart Shirk arrived at the victim and suspect’s residence and arrested Drew Bishop Michael NewtonMug for Aggravated Domestic Battery and Attempted Murder.

Drew was taken into custody without incident and processed into the Parsons Police Department facility until he made his first appearance in the Labette County Court.