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Man jailed on drug convictions files another appeal of 'illegal' sentence

Jonathan Mangold seeks $60,000, release from prison

Staff writer

A man sentenced to prison in 2017 for two Marion County drug convictions filed another handwritten challenge of what he calls an “illegal sentence.”

In a petition filed Friday, Jonathan L. Mangold seeks $60,000 and immediate release from prison.

Mangold was sentenced in 2017 to 30 months in prison. That sentence was ordered to run consecutive to an earlier sentence of 28 months in prison.

Mangold began filing lawsuits against the county soon after his June 3, 2017, arrest.

The first suit he filed claimed he was not given adequate medical treatment in jail. He has filed seven subsequent suits, seeking as much as $1 million each, claiming ineffective assistance by his lawyer, police brutality during his arrest by former officer Mike Stone, whose law enforcement credentials were later taken away over an unrelated matter, and that Mangold should have been allowed to withdraw his guilty plea.

He has filed writs of habeas corpus seeking a court order that he be brought to court and a valid reason shown for his detainment.

One of the claims in the newest suit is that the lawyer handling his appeals of his conviction and sentence failed to argue he was convicted at different times and therefore should have been counted as a second offense instead of a third. A second offense would have been subject to a lesser sentence.

Since his sentencing, Mangold has spent time in El Dorado, Norton, Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility, and Lansing prisons. He has been disciplined 47 times in that time.

Mangold has been convicted of 13 crimes in Marion, Dickinson, and Saline counties going back to 2008.

Last modified Sept. 16, 2020