Archive for Sunday, March 16, 2003

Machete attack brings 43-year prison term

Victim had been left for dead, but survived

March 16, 2003

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— A Junction City man has been sentenced to more than 43 years in prison for the April 11, 2002, abduction of a University of Nebraska-Kearney student from a Salina truck stop and the subsequent attack on the student with a machete.

Kevin Risby, 19, pleaded no-contest in February to one count each of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and arson.

He is the second person sentenced in the case. Accomplice John Yates, 19, of Junction City, was sentenced in October to more than 41 years in prison for the same crimes. A third defendant, James Rowell, is scheduled to be sentenced April 4.

The three men were convicted of abducting former Salina resident Michael Streeter, 21, from a truck stop, putting him in the back of his sport utility vehicle and driving him first to Junction City, then to Milford Lake.

Streeter was beaten, hacked with a machete and run over with his own vehicle, which then was burned. He was left for dead, but managed to make his way to the Milford Nature Center, where he was found the next morning.

At Friday's sentencing, Risby asked for mercy and apologized for the attack.

"My apologies to Michael, if you will accept them," he said. "I am very sorry for what I have done."

Streeter's mother argued that 43 years was not enough time for Risby to be behind bars.

"We ask the court to show no mercy, as he showed no mercy as Mike pleaded for his life," Dorrie Streeter told the judge. "There is no doubt in our mind that he is a danger to society and will be for the rest of his life."

Michael Streeter was present during the proceedings, but did not comment.

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