A second Des Moines man has been sentenced to prison for being involved in a high speed Guthrie County chase on April 30th.
Court documents show that 33-year-old Sean Ryan Wharton pleaded guilty and has been convicted of an amended charge of conspiracy to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a class C felony, and failure to affix a drug tax stamp and conspiring to commit third degree burglary, both class D felonies. Wharton was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the class C felony and 5 years for each of the class D felonies, to be served concurrently in addition to a Polk County sentence for probation violation. Fines totalling $2,500 with surcharges have been suspended, though he must pay full restitution and be held jointly liable with James Raymond Baenisch, a co-defendant in the case. Wharton was originally charged with a class B felony meth offense after being involved in two attempted burglaries in Audubon County and was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Baenisch that led law enforcement on a pursuit through Guthrie and Dallas counties. Raccoon Valley Radio reported Baenisch’s sentencing last week.