Samsel plea and sentencing hearing set for next month

Updated: Sep 2, 2021

OTTAWA – A resolution in the case of Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel has been delayed once again. In a hearing on Monday, Aug. 23, in Franklin County District Court, Samsel’s attorney, Chris Scott, and Franklin County Attorney Brandon Jones agreed to schedule a plea and sentencing hearing for Sept. 13.

Samsel, a Wellsville Republican who has served in the Kansas House of Representative for three years, was arrested and charged in May for alleged misdemeanor battery against students on April 28 when he was substitute teaching at Wellsville High School.

Samsel represents Liberty and Centerville townships in Linn County, including Parker, in the Legislature.

According to the Kansas City Star, Scott said that he and the prosecutor were very close in reaching a plea and sentencing agreement. Jones said that Samsel’s alleged victims will be able to address the court during the September hearing if an agreement is reached by that time.

Samsel initially pleaded not guilty in May, and the court ordered that he undergo a mental health evaluation.

Samsel was accused of kicking a student, and several students recorded video of Samsel’s reportedly erratic behavior and emotional rant in the classroom. In a Facebook post, the representative said he was receiving mental health treatment and was giving up his substitute license.

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