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Archive for Tuesday, June 2, 1998

TEEN PLEADS NO CONTEST IN STABBING

June 2, 1998

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Prosecutors have reached a plea agreement with the man who allegedly wielded the knife in a fight last fall that wounded three teens.

A Lawrence teen facing trial on attempted second-degree murder charges in a September stabbing instead will be sentenced on three lesser felony charges.

Alan Rector, 18, pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter and two counts of reckless aggravated battery, Assistant Dist. Atty. Jerry Little said Monday. While ``no contest'' signifies that Rector has chosen not to fight the charges, it also means he has not admitted to them.

Rector was scheduled to be sentenced at 4 p.m. July 10. He faces between eight years and eight years, 10 months in prison. Rector was originally charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Police reports indicated it was Rector who wielded the knife in the Sept. 7 fight that left three teen-agers injured.

The mother of 16-year-old Dan Weber told District Judge Michael Malone during a hearing this spring that her son still has a limp and no feeling in his right hand after being stabbed in the spine.

At the time he was charged, Rector reportedly told investigators he threw his knife into the Kansas River, went home and ``prayed that he didn't kill anybody.'' In addition to knives, a tire iron and claw hammer were used by others involved in the fracas.

In the wake of the fight -- a gang-related incident that occurred after a going-away party in the 200 block of Glenview -- nine Lawrence people were charged. The eight others have been sentenced, have entered pleas or are making their way through Douglas County District Court.

Richard Jarrett Jr., 23, has been sentenced to two years probation for aiding and abetting attempted aggravated battery during the fight. He faces additional charges for allegedly pushing someone through a plate glass window last month in downtown Lawrence.

Jason Freeman, 18, is in custody in Douglas County Jail, awaiting completion of a pre-sentencing report. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 18 on three counts of aiding and abetting battery and one count of unlawful assembly in the fight.

-- Matt Gowen's phone message number is 832-7222. His e-mail address is mgowen@ljworld.com.

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