Three charged in Osage County District Court

Nikki L. Schmitz, 35, Emporia, was sentenced April 21 to serve an 11-month prison sentence in the Kansas Department of Corrections after her probation was revoked for failure to comply. She was originally convicted of possession of methamphetamine in July 2013 for an incident that occurred in February 2013.

Ronald Hartpence, Jr., 38, Melvern, entered a plea April 21 and was found guilty of raping a child under that age of 14. The incident occurred in Melvern in November 2013. The crime is a Jessica's Law offense in Kansas, which means the defendant is facing a possible sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years. Sentencing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 16.

Caleb Wessel, 21, Burlingame, was sentenced April 21 to serve a 12-month prison sentence in the Kansas Department of Corrections after his probation was revoked for several violations. He was convicted in March 2011 for non-residential burglary and DUI occurring in February 2012.

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