Michael Kevin Shine appeared Oct. 18 in Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City in connection with a case which previously had been set for trial at the end of this month, but no longer will go to trial.
This appearance was to process a plea agreement for the case, instead of proceeding to trial.
Shine’s attorney, Timothy Showalter, began by outlining the agreement he and Cowley County Attorney Larry Schwartz had negotiated.
Per the agreement, Shine would plead no contest to a domestic battery that occurred July 19, but the second count in the criminal complaint, violation of a protective order, would be dismissed.
District Court Judge Christopher Smith asked Shine a myriad of questions to determine whether he was of sound mind and able to enter into a plea.
One of these questions was regarding medications. When asked if he was taking any medications that could alter his mental state, Shine said yes. “Not being on it would affect (me),” he said.
Shine then entered a plea of no contest to aggravated battery, a misdemeanor crime.
Count two was dismissed, per the plea agreement with the state.
Showalter told the court that Shine was depressed and angry, and he needs medication to help to manage those issues.
He also asked the court for a suspended sentence because Shine had a desire to move back to Missouri to live with his parents, if his case could be managed from the neighboring state.
Shine, who was in custody at the time of his appearance, currently is on probation in a separate case which he pleaded guilty to battery of a law enforcement officer. At the time of this hearing, he already had served 84 days in jail.
Schwartz recommended that Shine be put on probation, to run consecutively to this case.
Smith, after listening to both sides, sentenced Shine to six months in jail — the maximum sentence for this charge.
Since the case was on track to end in a jury trial, Smith said he was privy to detailed information that he would not necessarily have been privy to had the plea been entered sooner. “There are a few things I’d like to look at before (considering) probation,” he said.
Shine was given 84 days’ credit toward the six-month sentence. He also was fined $200 and will have to pay a docket fee of $158.
Smith said he would review Shine’s case in the future, but did not give a firm date for this review.
In an interview following the sentencing, Arkansas City Police Department Capt. Mark McCaslin issued this statement regarding Shine:
“Mr. Michael Shine is a dangerous individual. I don’t believe he is going to change his behavior or actions.”