A Hutchinson man accused of threatening a pair of hotel employees and his wife at gunpoint in February pleaded guilty on Wednesday to several felony counts.
In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed a count of aggravated kidnapping, the most serious charge pending against Martin Alan Andes, 37, which also stemmed from an ongoing incident that day.
Andes was accused of pointing a gun at two employees at the Sunflower Inn, 322 E. Fourth Ave., when they stopped him in the hotel lobby to ask him some questions the morning of Feb. 12.
Andes left the hotel, but police were called when he returned.
A woman who was with him told officers they could find his gun in a diaper bag in the backseat of his car. Police recovered a Ruger LCP .380-caliber pistol, as well as baggies with 4.2 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.
The woman then told officers Andes also threatened her with the weapon, firing off a couple of rounds as he drove around the area to emphasize death threats against the woman and her 8-month-old child. She said he also pressed the gun against her head and neck multiple times, saying he was going to kill her.
Andes was captured on video in the hotel lobby brandishing the weapon, which a 2016 drug conviction out of Nebraska prohibits him from possessing.
Andes pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, criminal threat, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of opiates.
District Judge Trish Rose, who accepted the plea, said there was no agreement on a sentence recommendation as part of the plea.
Andes has at least three prior person felonies, according to Kansas Department of Correction records, so he faces a presumptive prison sentence of about 2½ years on each assault count.
The most serious priors, however, for aggravated robbery, burglary, and criminal possession of a firearm, date to 1999 in McPherson County, something the defense may argue should mitigate the sentence.
On the kidnapping count, Andes faced more than 50 years in prison.