COLUMBUS - On June 19, the Cherokee County Attorney's Office obtained prison sentences in three separate cases, including sex offenses against children and drug charges.

Legrand Sentenced as Persistent Sex Offender

Elijah Legrand, 40, of Baxter Springs, Kansas was sentenced to 96 months incarceration on charges of Indecent Liberties with a Child. In a complaint filed in Cherokee County District Court, County Attorney Jake Conard alleged Legrand engaged in lewd fondling or touching of a child between the ages of 14 and 16. Legrand plead no contest to the charges at his arraignment in May.

Legrand’s sentence was double by application of Kansas sentencing laws which require an enhanced sentence for individuals who have been previously convicted of sexually violent crime. In addition to spending eight years in prison, Legrand will also be subject to parole supervision and Kansas offender registration requirement for life.

Missouri Man Sentenced for Drug Charges

Chad Allen Irvin, of Granby, Missouri, was sentenced to 47 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections for Distribution of Methamphetamine and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement.

In February 2016, Irvin was arrested in Cherokee County, Kansas following a pursuit by Missouri officers which continued into Kansas. Irvin was promptly apprehended by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office upon crossing the state line.

At the Cherokee County Jail, corrections officers located a quantity of methamphetamine concealed in Irvin’s personal property. Irvin subsequently attempted to transfer the personal property, along with the concealed methamphetamine, out of the jail to another.

Irvin will remain in the Cherokee County Jail to await transportation to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Baxter Man Receives 5-year Sentence for Sex Offense

Andrew T. Smith, 19, of Baxter Springs, Kansas, was sentenced to 59 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections for Aggravated Indecent Liberties with a Child. The sentence stems from an incident in late September of last year. In May, Smith plead guilty to the charge of engaging in lewd fondling or touching of a child under 14. In addition to the prison sentence, Smith will also be required to register as a sex offender for life. This case was investigated by the Baxter Springs Police Department and prosecuted by the Cherokee County Attorney’s Office.