A Reno County judge agreed Friday to grant probation to a Hutchinson man convicted in three separate felony cases, including the theft late last year of a dump truck, trailer and skid steer from a Hutchinson paving contractor.
Sentencing guidelines called for Daniel Kopp, 20, to receive prison in the cases, primarily because of two convictions for indecent liberties with a child he received as a juvenile in 2013 and 2014.
Prosecutors, however, agreed not to oppose Kopp receiving probation if he plead guilty in all three cases, which also included illegal weapon counts and another vehicle theft.
Kopp’s appointed attorney, Nick Oswald, advised the court Kopp has a substance abuse problem, but was willing to engage in treatment, and that he had full-time employment and is supporting two daughters.
Kopp told the judge he was already in treatment and had “changed in a lot of ways.”
“Community Corrections will help me if you grant that to me,” he said.
District Judge Tim Chambers sentenced Kopp to an underlying 43 months, then found the state’s agreement sufficient grounds to depart and granted Kopp 3 years of probation.
Kopp was accused with Jacob Crabb and a juvenile of driving to the APAC Shears equipment yard in a stolen vehicle on Nov. 18, 2017, then driving out of the yard in the 1990 dump truck by driving through the property gate. A flatbed trailer loaded with a CASE skid steer and two asphalt millers were attached to the dump truck.
The equipment was recovered, but the company sought nearly $5,900 in restitution for damages, which Chambers ordered.
The other cases included the theft of a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup from Michael Sherow on Sept. 16, 2017, and Kopp illegally possessing a 40-caliber handgun, a 12-guage shotgun and four rifles on Nov. 16, 2017, which was within 5 years of his prior felony convictions.
The case, as well as three other felony cases, remain pending against Crabb, who failed to appear for a waiver docket May 30 after being released on a $6,500 bond in April, court records show.
Besides the APAC thefts, Crabb is accused of stealing a PT Cruiser on Nov. 29, and more than $100,000 of property from Dan Dee Air, again by driving a stolen trailer through the property gate. He’s also accused of aggravated assault against his ex-wife and another woman by driving at them in a 1993 Chevrolet Caprice on Oct. 23, 2017, and violating a stalking order by sending abusive text messages.