New Commission Members

Apr 06, 2020

photo of commission member Spence KoehnOn April 1, 2020 Chief Justice Luckert appointed Spence Koehn to succeed Chris Mechler as the Office of Judicial Administration (OJA) member of the Sentencing Commission.  Mr. Koehn is the Court Services Specialist for the Office of Judicial Administration.  He graduated from Ottawa University in 1995. Following graduation, he began working with the 4th Judicial District Community Corrections where he was an Intensive Supervision Officer for over 5 years before becoming an Intensive Supervision Officer for Johnson County Court Services in 2001.  In 2003 he became a Court Services Officer in the 6th Judicial District, where he remained until 2015, when he began working in the same capacity for the 4th Judicial District until his hire by OJA in 2020. He has served on the Kansas Association of Court Services (KACSO) Executive Board and as the KACSO Training Chairperson. 


photo of commission member Mark Dupree

On February 20, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly appointed Mark A. Dupree, Sr. as a member of the Kansas Sentencing Commission to succeed Daniel Dunbar.  Mr. Dupree is the District Attorney of Wyandotte County, KS, the 4th largest county in the State of Kansas. Mr. Dupree leads an office of over 60 employees and manages a significant budget each fiscal year. Mr. Dupree was sworn into office on January 9th, 2017. The District Attorney’s office is responsible for keeping the community safe. D.A. Dupree and his team of excellent employees are implementing strategic and visionary policies to expand the function of the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office.

Since taking office, Mr. Dupree’s administration has increased the felony trial conviction rate by 27%. The office is focused on equitably charging and prosecuting crime, being proactive, attacking violent crimes and crimes that affect the standard of living in the community.

Mr. Dupree was successful in creating the first ever “Conviction Integrity Unit” in the state of Kansas. This unit is responsible for ensuring that convictions obtained previously still hold integrity today. District Attorney Dupree’s efforts for transforming the traditional manner in which District Attorney’s Offices have operated has been recognized nationally, with articles featured twice in the New York Times and interviewed on the nationally syndicated Roland Martin Show.

Wyandotte community involvement is the bedrock of the Dupree Administration. Community involvement builds community trust, and it is that trust that greatly assists in crime prevention and bringing justice when a crime occurs. As such Mr. Dupree leads the way in speaking at schools, neighborhood watch meetings, church gatherings, and civic organizations. The Assistant District Attorneys in the office, as well as staff members, are actively involved in reaching out to the community as well.

The B.O.L.D.D initiative- which stands for Brilliant Outstanding Leaders Determined to the Difference is a program created by Mr. Dupree’s office. Wyandotte County Assistant District Attorneys are going into the schools and working with select high school students educating and exposing them to the legal process in a positive manner.

Mr. Dupree has practiced in a diversity of legal capacities. He clerked in Jackson County, Missouri, served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Jackson County, served as an Assistant Public Defender in Johnson County Public Defender’s Office, and he and his wife practiced in their firm, Dupree and Dupree, LLC – Attorneys at Law, until his swearing into office.

Mr. Dupree is an active member in the community. He is the Senior Pastor of a local church in Wyandotte County. DA Dupree sits on the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors, President of the Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Courts, Sunflower House board member, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

University of Kansas - Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science minor in Leadership Studies Washburn University School of Law – Juris Doctorate Degree

Mr. Dupree is married to his law school sweetheart and former law partner, Attorney Shanelle Dupree, and they have four beautiful and active children.

 

photo of commission member Jermaine WilsonOn February 24, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly appointed Jermaine Wilson as a public member of the Kansas Sentencing Commission to succeed James Echols.  Mr. Wilson, the once convicted felon who served 4 years in juvenile corrections and 3 years in prison, turned his life around, expunged his criminal record and became the Mayor of Leavenworth, Ks in 2019. He’s an ordained Minister, Founder of the Non-Profit organization called Unity in the Community Movement, Community Outreach. Coordinator for Connections to Success, husband and father of 5 children.

 

photo of commission member Pat ColotonOn February 20, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly appointed Pat Colloton as a public member of the Kansas Sentencing Commission to succeed Ronald Pauls.  Ms. Colloton is an attorney who served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2004-2012. From 2008-2012 Ms. Colloton chaired the House Corrections and Juvenile Services Committee and also served on the Sentencing Commission, the Reentry Police Council and the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. After leaving the legislature, she was appointed an Assistant Attorney General and chaired the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board from 2013-2019. For the past twelve years Ms. Colloton has been a member of the Johnson County Criminal Justice Advisory Council.

From 2008-2020 Ms. Colloton served on the Council of State Governments Justice Center as a member of the Board of Directors and was a past chair. The Justice Center has helped develop federal legislation including the Second Chance Act, the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Act and the Justice Reinvestment Act. This legislation has provided grants to states and communities in support of their corrections and reentry work.

Pat and her husband, who is also named Pat, have lived in Leawood for the past thirty years.  They have a daughter, Katy, who is a writer and actress living in Los Angeles. Pat is looking forward to the opportunity to rejoin the Sentencing Commission.