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Barton County Sheriff Issued Summons Following KBI Investigation

KBIOn Wednesday morning, 55-year-old Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir of Great Bend was issued a summons to appear in Barton County District Court following an investigation by Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) agents.

According to the summons, Bellendir is alleged to have mistreated a confined person while serving an arrest warrant on August 10 in Great Bend. Mistreatment of a confined person is a level A person misdemeanor.

At the request of Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor, Chase County Attorney William Halvorsen will serve as special prosecutor for the case.

Nothing further will be released at this time.

Sheriff Bellendir released the following statement on Friday: "On Wednesday, November 1, 2017 I was issued a summons to appear in District Court to answer for the charge of "Mistreatment of a Confined Person". I intend to plead not guilty as I do not believe my actions rise to the level of the crime charged. I look forward to the time when I will be able to inform the public of the entire situation. Until that time, my deputies, staff and I will continue to serve and protect the citizens of Barton County. It has been my goal as Sheriff to keep the public informed and I intend to do so in due course."

(Information courtesy KBI and Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir.)

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