Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

Former Cherokee County Assistant Prosecutor Jeffery T. Pittman was bound over for trial by Judge Robert Fleming after a preliminary hearing in Cherokee County District Court Tuesday.

Pittman is accused of attempting to arrange to have one gram of methamphetamine brought to him in the Cherokee County Jail in August of 2009.

At the time he was in jail on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of psuedoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, no proof of insurance, and an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Ottawa County, Okla.

Pittman is currently charged with conspiracy to possess meth, conspiracy to traffic a controled substance into a correctional facility and two counts of using a communications device to facilitate the possession of meth.

The State of Kansas alleges Pittman, who now lives in Missouri, made two calls to an April Maggard to coordinate having a Steven Beaty, of Columbus, bring one gram of meth to Pittman in the jail.

“All phone calls in the jail are recorded and can be monitored,” Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said.

If convicted Pittman could face from six to more than 25 years in prison, depending on his criminal record.

No trial date has yet been set.