Court date set for student

A court date has been scheduled for Baker University junior Jon Roper, Riley County District Attorney Barry Wilkerson said.

Roper will have a preliminary hearing on June 6, Wilkerson said, with a potential trial date to be set later.

Roper will face charges on two Level 3 felonies, conspiracy to sell or distribute marijuana and conspiracy to sell or distribute cocaine, Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson said if Roper is convicted, sentencing would be contingent upon his prior record.

“Depending on his criminal history, the minimum would be 14 months with one misdemeanor or no record,” Wilkerson said.

The maximum sentence someone convicted of these charges can receive is 51 months, Wilkerson said. However, this is usually assigned to people with previous felony convictions.

Wilkerson declined to comment on whether any plea bargain offers had been extended to Roper.

The charges were filed after an arrest April 2 in Manhattan. Roper was originally charged with four other crimes. Those charges were not carried over for trial, Wilkerson said. Wilkerson declined to provide a reason for the charges being dropped.

Roper was unavailable for comment as of press time.