(WICHITA, Kan.) — A disabled Army veteran accused of stalking members of the Westboro Baptist Church pleads guilty to lesser charges.
Ryan Newell appeared in a Wichita courtroom Thursday morning. He pled guilty to two counts of impersonating an officer. Newell will serve two years probation instead of jail time.
Newell — who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan — was originally charged with felony conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and weaons charges.
The Marion man was arrested Nov. 30, 2010 after sheriff's detectives found his vehicle parked outside Wichita City Hall while five Westboro Baptist Church members met with police inside.