Court updates: Sotta, Burden, Burnett, Cabrera and Provencio
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€“ The following are updates on six cases currently being handled or have been handed in the Sumner County District Court system this summer. The cases highlighted include: Michael Sotta, Amber Burden, Jessica Burnett, Jeremy Cabrera and two separate cases involving Sylvester Provencio.â€”â€”â€”Mike SottaMichael Sotta, whose address was not listed on the criminal complaint but is currently being held in Sumner County jail, has a preliminary court hearing set for Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m. on seven felony charges. Sotta is accused of committing a string of thefts and burglaries that resulted in a two-gun battle in Geuda Springs in early July.Sotta is accused on July 10 of using a gun to shoot at a male property owner at 1644 E. 125th South in Geuda Springs, putting a bullet hole in the side of the residence. He had allegedly broke the glass window in the front door in order to enter the residence while the property owner was sleeping.Â The property owner woke up while the burglary was in progress, said Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer. He got his gun and allegedly started pursuing Sotta, who was fleeing the residence after finding out he was not alone. Sotta, on his way to the pickup, shot and missed the property owner, but left a bullet hole in the side of the home.The property owner then returned fire, and he too missed, leaving a bullet hole in the side of the pickup.Spencer said that bullet hole was instrumental in the Sumner County Sheriff Officeâ€™s success in identifying the pickup Sotta was driving when he exited off the Kansas Turnpike Exit 19, east of Wellington, the next day.Sotta had begun his alleged crime spree when he allegedly stole a 1500 Dodge Ram pickup in Kingman County on July 8.When reaching the Geuda Springs residence he is also accused of also taking a motorcycle, a bible and a knife.He allegedly was driving the pickup off the Wellington Turnpike exit on July 11 when apprehended. He is also charged with stealing a wallet in Wichita in a separate crime and possessing marijuana and paraphernalia.Spencer said Sotta has obtained a court appointed attorney.â€”â€”â€”Amber BurdenAmber Burden, born in 1980, of Wellington has been found guilty of possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of cocaine, a level 5 drug felony by a Sumner County jury.Her sentencing is set for Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.Burden was accused on March 8 of having a small quantity of marijuana in her home after a report was made at the Wellington school. She then allegedly had cocaine in her pocket when she was arrested.â€”â€”â€”Jessica BurnettJessica Burnett, 39, of Wellington has a court deposition scheduled for Aug. 25 at 1:30 p.m. This is not a trial hearing.Burnett is accused of three felony counts concerning a relationship with a child 15 years of age including: indecent liberties with a child; indecent solicitation of a child, and criminal sodomy.The is accused of performing lewd sexual acts during the spring or summer of 2014 at a Wellington business.Spencer said he does not anticipate any more charges filed against Burnett.â€œI think the seriousness of the crimes she has already been charged with should make her very concerned,â€ Spencer said.â€”â€”â€”Jeremy CabreraJeremy Cabrera, 23, of Wellington, has pled guilty to three counts of theft and one count of burglary as part of a plea agreement after being on a theft spree in May in Wellington.Cabrera received a 27 month sentence with 24 month probation. Spencer said he spent 69 days of jail when the agreement was made and was released thereafter.Cabrera was accused of breaking into three vehicles, a residence, two detached garages and a couple of businesses. He was apprehended when a Wellington Police Detective discovered him driving a car he had allegedly stolen.â€”â€”â€”Sylvester ProvencioSylvester Provencio, 22, of Caldwell will have his sentencing hearing set for this Thursday at 3 p.m. for the aggravated battery felony conviction from a Sumner County jury.Sumner County Judge Scott McQuin denied the defense attorneyâ€™s request for a new trial on August 4. Provencio was convicted of aggravated battery stemming from the assault of two Caldwell men which occurred in April of 2015.â€œI anticipate the judge will sentence Sylvester Thursday,â€ Spencer said. â€œThis is by far been the longest case involving a defendant I have prosecuted in which I know the whereabouts of the person.â€Nick Reedy was already been sentenced to 32 months and is currently residing in a state penitentiary.Provencio is also accused of rape, an off-grid felony in an unrelated case. A jury trial has been set for Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. after he pled not guilty.