Feds: Suspect with connection to man who shot Dep. Kunze pleads not guilty

(Kansas Department of Corrections)

WICHITA, Kan. UPDATE (10/10/18 2:30 p.m.): Justin Mashaney pleaded not guilty to Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm Wednesday after he was federally indicted.

Mashaney was originally scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday but because of the federal indictment, his preliminary hearing became an arraignment.

Mashaney pleaded not guilty but that is the only plea he can make at this time. If he wishes to change his plea, he has to do it at a later time with a different judge.
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UPDATE (Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.): We are learning more about the charges faced by a man who federal officials say is connected with the man who shot and killed Deputy Robert Kunze.

29-year-old Justin Mashaney is now booked in the Sedgwick County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana, theft, possession of stolen property (less than $1500 value), several drug charges, and a violation of the Offender Registration Act.
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The U.S. Attorney's Office says a federal charge against a convicted felon from Wichita determined the man had committed crimes with Cody Greeson, the now-dead man investigators say shot and killed Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Kunze.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister says 29-year-old Justin Mashaney was charged Tuesday in federal court with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Documents filed with the court said the defendant was identified during an investigation of the murder of Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Kunze," the U.S. attorney says.

An affidavit filed in the case against Mashaney revealed that police learned prior to Kunze and Greeson's deaths Sept. 16 in west Sedgwick County, Mashaney committed crimes with Greeson.

Sunday (Sept. 23) investigators went to a Wichita residence in the 500 block of South All Hallows where they found Mashaney in a truck. With him, they found a rifle and a 9-mm handgun.

The U.S. attorney says in 2015, Mashaney was convicted of burglary and sentenced to 20 months in jail. If convicted of this latest charge, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 the U.S. attorney says.