Violent youths must be sent a message, said the mother of a Lawrence teen-ager who was stabbed in the back several times.
The mother of a Lawrence teen-ager whose leg is partially paralyzed from a September 1997 stabbing incident asked a district judge on Thursday to make an example of one of her son's attackers.
``I guess we ask that it's time to put the hammer down,'' said Kathy Weber, standing beside her husband Michael as she asked District Judge Michael Malone to sentence Skyland Love to prison for his role in the Sept. 7 incident.
``Send the youth of this community a stronger message and let's start with Mr. Love,'' said Kathy Weber, who's attended seven sentencings in the case so far.
Prosecutors charged nine juveniles and adults in the stabbing of three teen-agers, which left Dan Weber, 17, with the most serious of the injuries. The numbness in his body has spread, his mother said, and it now affects his back, shoulder, and entire right arm and hand.
Malone sentenced Love to two years probation, but said a probation violation could result in a one-year jail sentence. Love also will have to complete 80 hours of community service and avoid the victims, suspects and witnesses in the case.
Love pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated battery and one count of unlawful assembly, all misdemeanors.
Malone said Love's involvement in the stabbings in the 200 block of Glenview were lesser than some other defendants, but Kathy Weber said he was a participant in the fight that led to Alan Rector stabbing the three youths. Dan Weber excelled in football, baseball and wrestling, but won't be able participate in those sports anymore.
``Mr. Love assisted in stealing something from our son that meant everything to him,'' Kathy Weber said.
Love apologized to the Webers, but again said he was trying to break up the fight and that he didn't know anyone had been stabbed.
``I wasn't trying to play the super hero or nothing. I'm sorry, I'm just trying to start over,'' Love said.
Both Kathy Weber and Judge Malone said they were dismayed about other defendants who have already been brought back to court for possible parole violations. Richard F. Jarrett Jr. was arrested May 2 for aggravated battery; there will be a trial in July. Jason Freeman and Michael Blanck also are facing possible sentences for allegedly breaking the ``no contact'' rule. Blanck's probation violation hearing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. today in Douglas County District Court.
The defendants in the case are:
- Blanck, 18, was sentenced to two years probation for aiding and abetting aggravated battery.
- Freeman, 18, will be sentenced on July 2 for three counts of aiding and abetting battery and one count of unlawful assembly.
- Sara Gottlieb and Anna Kimbrell, both 17, received six months of probation for two counts of aiding and abetting battery, and one count each of unlawful assembly and obstructing the legal process.
- Richard F. Jarrett, 23, pleaded no contest to aiding and abetting attempted aggravated battery on Jan. 20 and received two year's probation.
- Alan Rector, 18, pleaded no contest to attempted voluntary manslaughter, and two counts of aggravated battery. He will be sentenced on July 10.
- Zach Turner, 18, was originally charged with aiding and abetting aggravated battery, but charges were dropped on May 29.
- James Vick, 19, pleaded no contest to aiding and abetting aggravated battery and was sentenced to 18 months probation on April 16.
-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is email@example.com.