Fred Gough, Hutch Post
Jaiden Casanova Kendric Hudson
Two of three students from Hutchinson High School arrested in connection with a hazing incident were in court Tuesday where they entered pleas and were sentenced all at the same time.
18-year-old Jaiden Casanova entered a “guilty” plea to amended charge of misdemeanor battery and hazing, while Kendric Hudson entered “guilty” plea to amended charges of three counts of misdemeanor battery and hazing. The battery counts against both were felonies, however the state agreed to the amended charges.
Casanova was sentenced to 6-months for the two counts which were to run concurrent to each other, then granted 12-months probation. Hudson was sentenced to 6-months on each count against him. Two counts running consecutive to each other, but concurrent to the other two, for a total sentence of 1-year. He was also granted 12-months probation. Both will have to serve 30-days in the county jail. However, there is some question of whether that will be 30-days consecutive or allowed to be served in chunks.
16-year-old Cody Curl was taken to a juvenile facility for aggravated battery and possession of tobacco. His case will be held in the court of Judge Patty Macke-Dick.
The crimes occurring on October 30 & 31, of last year and involve two 15-year-old’s and a 14-year-old.
The two 18-year-old’s were convicted of using hot coat hangers to brand at least 3 students who had just been promoted to the varsity football team.
District Attorney Keith Schroeder says the families of the victims were told of the agreements with the two men and were apparently okay with it. He also acknowledged that they did suffer some sanctions from the school district as well.
Both men plan to go to college next year, so the probation they both face will be served out of Reno county.