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Archive for Friday, January 30, 1998

JUVENILE PLEAS TO CHARGES FROM STABBING INCIDENT

January 30, 1998

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Zach Turner will be sentenced next Thursday in connection with a fight and stabbing that sent three teen-agers to the hospital.

The first of three juveniles charged in connection with a gang-related fight and stabbing last September has pleaded to charges in the case.

Zach Turner, 17, pleaded no contest Thursday morning to battery and unlawful assembly, both misdemeanors. Turner will be sentenced Thursday at the Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th.

Turner is one of nine Lawrence people charged in connection with the Sept. 7 incident in which three teen-agers were stabbed after a party in the 200 block of Glenview. Alan Rector, 18, allegedly stabbed Brandon Masquas, 16, Dan Weber, 16, and Scott Brown, 17. Rector has been charged as an adult with three counts of attempted second-degree murder and is awaiting a March 2 trial.

"No contest" means that while Turner is not fighting the charges, he is not admitting to the crimes.

Peggy Kittel, Turner's attorney, said he is complying with curfews and other requirements outlined by the Community Corrections Department and he is doing well in school. Kittel requested that District Court Judge Jean Shepherd extend his curfew hours. The matter will be considered by Community Corrections.

Kittel also emphasized that Turner did not have a weapon the night of the fight.

Others who have been charged in the incident, and the status of their cases, are:

  • Michael Blanck, 18, has been charged with aiding and abetting aggravated battery. He pleaded no contest to the charge and will be sentenced Thursday.
  • Jason Freeman, 18, has been charged with four counts of aiding and abetting aggravated burglary. A jury trial has been scheduled for April 27.
  • Sarah Gottlieb, 16, has been charged with aiding and abetting aggravated battery. She will appear in court on Feb. 13, when a trial date will be set.
  • Richard Jarrett Jr., 23, pleaded no contest on Jan. 20 to one count of aiding and abetting aggravated battery. He will be sentenced March 5.
  • Anna Kimbrell, 16, has been charged with one count of aiding and abetting aggravated battery. Her trial date will be set on Feb. 20.
  • Skyland Love, 19, has been charged with four counts of aiding and abetting aggravated battery. His trial is scheduled for May 11.
  • James Vick, 18, has a court date to plea to charges on March 5. He has been charged with four counts of aiding and abetting aggravated battery.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is koger@ljworld.com.

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