Juan Gutierrez-Morales, 19, pled no contest to two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon and theft of more than $25,000 and less than $100,000 in Ford County District Court on Wednesday.

The conviction stems from an incident that occurred on January 21 when Gutierrez-Morales stole a vehicle off the showroom floor of Lewis Chevrolet in Dodge City.

When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, Gutierrez-Morales hit the officers with the car.

The three charges are both felony convictions.

The aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon is a level 4 person felony that comes with a Department of Corrections sentence of between 38 and 172 months.

The theft conviction is a level 7 non-person felony with a DOC sentence of between 11 and 34 months.

Prior to the plea agreement, Gutierrez-Morales had a diversion case revoked from a 2015 possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Because the diversion was revoked, Gutierrez-Morales was found guilty of the two misdemeanor possession charges.

"Both parties agree to revoke the diversion based on the new charges," Ford County Attorney Kevin Salzman said.

Judge Keith Whitney stated that the length of the sentence would be determined by Gutierrez-Morales's criminal history.

However it was stated that Gutierrez-Morales was not a US citizen.

"Since you are a not a US citizen," Whitney said. "You may and most likely will be deported or held by an immigration official until deportation is complete.

"I would suggest obtaining a immigration attorney."

Defense attorney Lori Jensen indicated to Whitney that they anticipate that Gutierrez-Morales will be deported.

Whitney said that Court Services will do a pre-sentencing investigation prior to sentencing that will take place at a later date.

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