Appeals court upholds sentence for Hutchinson bail bondsman

Dwight Jurgens (KSN File Photo)
Dwight Jurgens (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Hutchinson bail bondsman who prosecutors say forced women to perform sex acts after he bonded them out of jail.

The appeals court this week rejected Dwight Jurgens’ appeal of his sentence for aggravated human trafficking and other crimes. He is serving a 21-year sentence.

The Hutchinson News reports that Jurgens was convicted of forcing four women he bonded out to perform sex acts or go back to jail.

Jurgens’ attorneys argued in the appeal that the evidence didn’t support the convictions, his constitutional right to speedy trial was violated, and that the district court should have told the jury not to reach a verdict out of sympathy for the women.

The appeals court rejected all of those arguments.

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