A Dodge City man accused of shooting two people and trying to shoot a third was bound over in district court Thursday on charges attempted first-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder.
A Dodge City man accused of shooting two people and trying to shoot a third was bound over in district court Thursday on charges attempted first-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Thursday's hearing was a contested preliminary hearing in which the state must prove a crime occurred and the defendant is likely to have committed the crime. Thomas E. Ricks was also bound over on two counts of aggravated child endangerment, one count of criminal discharge of a firearm, two counts of attempted battery on a corrections officer, and one count of battery on a corrections officer. Ricks, 63, allegedly shot Dodge City residents Barbara Hileman, 64, and Amanda Hileman, 26, in December 2011 at 3208 Louise Ave., Police Chief Craig Mellecker told the Globe following the incident. Mellecker said Ricks also allegedly tried to shoot Dodge City resident Willis Hileman, 35, but missed. A 4-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl were inside the house when the shooting occurred, but they were not hurt. The battery charges stem from a separate incident. If convicted, Ricks could be ordered to serve up to 54 years in prison for attempted first-degree murder and up to 20 years for each count of attempted second-degree murder. Aggravated child endangerment carries a possible penalty of five to 17 months in prison. The actual sentence will depend on Ricks' criminal history, if any. An arraignment on the Ricks' charges will take place within three weeks. Follow Abigail on Twitter, @Abigail_dcglobe.