Judge's son charged in Overland Park shooting that left one in critical condition

Posted: 12:00 PM, May 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-24 18:36:53-04

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A 24-year-old man has been charged in connection with a May 15 shooting that left one victim in critical condition.

Isaac Vano, who's the son of Johnson County Judge James Vano, is charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

The 41 Action News Investigators caught up with Judge Vano outside the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe and asked him what he knew about his son's arrest.

"The same that you know," Judge Vano said. 

The May 15 shooting happened in an Overland Park neighborhood just north of 119th Street on Hardy.

The shooting took place on the same block where Judge Vano lives.

Judge Vano told the 41 Action News Investigators that he didn't know anything about the shooting, despite it happening right outside his home. 

Overland Park Police arrested Isaac Vano the night of the shooting.

But he was released from custody the next day and not charged until nine days after the shooting.

Overland Park Police referred the 41 Action News Investigators to the Johnson County District Attorney's Office for comment.

But the D.A.'s spokeswoman had no comment on the arrest timeline or the circumstances of the shooting.

And it wasn't Overland Park Police who arrested Vano. It was the U.S. Marshals' Task Force who made the arrest without incident at a Lenexa apartment complex.

The 41 Action News Investigators knocked on the door of the apartment where Vano was arrested.

While sounds indicated there was clearly someone inside, no one answered the door.

The 41 Action News Investigators did spot Overland Park Police detectives at the shooting victim's family home.

It's right down the street from Judge Vano's home and also near where the shooting took place.

Now, Isaac Vano is scheduled to appear in the same courthouse where his father is a judge.

When asked if Isaac can be tried in Johnson County given the fact his father is a judge there Judge Vano replied, "I think so".

A visiting judge from outside Johnson County will hear the case.

Judge Robert Fairchild, who retired from the 7th Circuit in Douglas County and now serves as a senior judge for Kansas courts, will preside.

It is common practice to utilize a judge from outside a judicial district in litigation involving a district judge or his/her family. 

Judge Fairchild has ordered no still camera or audio/video recording in this case.

Isaac Vano has a history of criminal issues in Overland Park.

According to city court records, he's been charged with both drug and drunk driving offenses.

In 2014, Vano was charged with multiple drug charges. Those charges were dismissed under a court diversion program.

Again in 2017, Vano was arrested on several charges including a DUI.

He later pled guilty to reckless driving, refusing a breath test, fleeing from police and leaving the scene of an accident.

But the DUI charge and others were dismissed.

Prosecutors are requesting a $250,000 bond for Vano.