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Warrant issued for court no-show
Coleman too sick to be sentenced, mom says

Leston Coleman

Leston Coleman

KINGMAN - A Kingman man who sent his mother in his place to his sentencing last month again delivered a message to the court via his mom at a rescheduled hearing Friday.

Judge Rick Williams issued a bench warrant for Leston Harry Coleman, 44, after the man failed to appear for a second time for his sentencing.

Coleman is to be sentenced for adult abuse by domestic violence of a 28-year-old mentally handicap woman, whom prosecutors say has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He entered into an Alford plea with prosecutors in exchange for the state dropping a sexual abuse charge.

An Alford plea is similar to a no-contest plea in which a defendant acknowledges that there is evidence against them but is not formally admitting guilt. In this case, the plea stipulates that Coleman acknowledge that the abuse was for his sexual gratification.

Coleman was visibly agitated when he entered into the plea agreement in September, telling Williams that the charges were the result of a conspiracy by police against him. Charges were filed in March of last year after the victim's mother brought the girl to police. She used pictures to detail the alleged sexual abuse by Coleman, according to court documents.

Since September, Coleman has been a no-show in court. He was to be sentenced Dec. 28, but his mother, Peggy Coleman, arrived at the hearing and took her son's place at the defendant's table while she told the court that Coleman was too sick to come.

Williams did not issue a warrant for Coleman's arrest at the time, saying that he was giving the defendant the benefit of the doubt, and issuing a stern warning to Peggy Coleman that her son would face consequences if he was not at the next hearing.

Peggy Coleman did not come to court Friday but called Coleman's public defender to say that Coleman was sick once again, this time for various ailments and an emergency dentist appointment.

Under conditions of the plea, he can be sentenced to anywhere from one year to 45 months in prison.

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