Archive for Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Chase suspect’s criminal history is lengthy

New information about those involved in a high speed chase Tuesday in Douglas County.

December 3, 2008


A Topeka woman accused of leading law enforcement on an hourlong chase through Douglas County is a convicted felon and has an extensive criminal history throughout northeast Kansas.

Barbara Jo Schnegelsiepen, 27, was convicted in Jackson County for possessing opiates, opium or narcotic drugs and for having a fictitious or revoked driver's license on May 26, 2006, Kansas Department of Corrections records said. She was released from custody Oct. 1, 2007.

Schnegelsiepen was convicted of theft of property valued between $1,000 and $25,000 on July 1, 2004, corrections records said. She was convicted on June 22, 2006, for criminal trespass for a March 30, 2004, crime. Both of these crimes occurred in Shawnee County.

According to Shawnee County District Court records, Schnegelsiepen has a criminal history there, including four convictions through plea agreements since 2004. In one, she entered a no-contest plea in March 2005 to one count of battery of a law enforcement officer. A judge later revoked her probation in that case and then reinstated it.

In April 2008, she was charged with theft and battery in Shawnee County, according to court records. A judge sentenced her to 12 months of supervised probation on Sept. 19, the records said.

“She does have a criminal record. At this point it's not clear how many convictions she has,” David Melton, chief assistant district attorney, said during Schnegelsiepen’s first appearance Wednesday.

Douglas County prosecutors said the woman currently is on probation in Shawnee County.


KS 9 years, 3 months ago

Oops! She doesn't know how to keep her nose clean. Past the second chance bit. I am not so sure that locking her up will change anything for her, but it will protect us. Make her stay a long time this time.

somebodynew 9 years, 3 months ago

KS - I could care less if locking her up will change anything for her, other than the fact when she get out she will resort to the same thing. I just don't think any jail program will help her. SO, to the second point - Yes make her stay a long, long time so that the rest of are protected. She has demonstrated that attempts to give her help have not worked, so keep her away from the citizens for awhile.

kiddofriendy 9 years, 3 months ago

She will continue to break the law at any opportunity. I wonder how many other crimes she has committed and never been caught? KEEP HER IN JAIL!

jayhawkbarrister 9 years, 3 months ago

Under the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines, it appears she has a severity level for agg battery on a LEO of level 4 and a criminal history of either E or F. This is a preumptive prison crime based upon the severity level. As such, her controlling sentence would be 52 to 64 months. The judge could add to that up to one-half of the controlling sentence for the other charges. So let's assume for the sake of argument that the judge 'throws the book' at her. The Legislature says the maximum sentence is 64 months plus 32 months for a total sentence of 96 months or 8 years. Her potential good time credit would be a maximum of 15% of 96 months or 9.6 months plus 4.8 months or 14.4 months, so she could get out in less than 82 months or 6 years, 10 months.Now some posters are going to rage about the sentence, but direct your rage at the appropriate target. The Legislature instituted the sentencing guidelines and took much of the judicial discretion out of the process so we would have uniformity in sentencing. It is so clean, it is so precise, and who is going to complain about criminal sentencing to a legislature?And even more interesting, Justice Clarence Thomas (yes, that Clarence Thomas) wrote in Apprendi, that judges could not increase sentences beyond what the maximum prescribed sentence by the legislature. 'Doubling the sentence' was thrown out by Apprendi.God love those Republicans -- Friends of Criminals.

KS 9 years, 3 months ago

jayhawkbarrister - If you really are a barrister as you advertise, I would suggest you review your comment about Clarence Thomas. That ruling was correct. It is to protect any and all from Judge Roy Bean type judges. As much as I would like to have judges really "throw the book" at a criminal, I also agree that our rules are made up by legislatures and NOT judges. That was the point of that ruling by Thomas. On that note, blame both the Dems and Rep.

Maracas 9 years, 3 months ago

Too bad for her she didn't kill someone with her car while driving drunk. Two weeks max, then back on the streets.

JayHawk987 9 years, 3 months ago

I agree with walleyefishn & KS, even kiddofriendly. Lock her up and throw away the key. She's right where she belongs and needs to stay there. I agree, throw the book at her. I am sure there are some federal charges coming as well for mail theft, forgery, fraud, etc. Get everyone on the same wavelength and get her put away for at least 10 years, I am sure while she's in there, she will commit other offenses and it will extend her stay. She will never learn. Can't teach an old dog new tricks. Yep, look at her teeth, that tells you she has a meth issue. These type of people are beyond rehab. Just lock then in a cell, drop food every two weeks and see who survives. May sound inhumane but so does what she's doing to society!!!!

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