Feb 12, 2020 11:28 PM

Man wounded in KC shootout convicted of firearms charge

Posted Feb 12, 2020 11:28 PM
Malliek Haynes photo MDC
Malliek Haynes photo MDC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A convicted felon who was wounded in a Kansas City shootout has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.

The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release Tuesday that 26-year-old Malliek Haynes proclaimed that he was a “gangster” during an April 2017 altercation with a group of people at a store and then repeatedly lifted up his shirt to show the .40-caliber pistol in his waistband. The group left but were waiting for him when he walked to his car and began to shoot at him with a rifle.

Prosecutors say Haynes wildly returned fire and suffered a leg wound. The group drove off and a woman drove Haynes to a hospital, where he was arrested. It was unlawful for him to be in possession of the pistol because he had prior convictions for robbery and unlawful use of a weapon.

The federal firearm conviction carries a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.