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Man pleads not guilty in battery, kidnapping

February 27, 2008


Jaeger looking for plea deal?

An attorney for a former KU student accused of brutally attacking his ex-girlfriend asks a judge for time to work out a possible plea deal in the case. Enlarge video

A man charged with attacking and kidnapping his former girlfriend entered a "not guilty" plea Tuesday in Douglas County District Court. On May 15 a trial date will be set.

But a trial may not be necessary.

Carl Cornwell, the attorney representing Matthew P. Jaeger, said he wanted to try to "resolve" the case with the Douglas County District Attorney's office. Cornwell said he might try to work out a plea agreement.

Following a preliminary hearing last week, Jaeger was ordered to stand trial on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, bribery and making a criminal threat. Judge Robert Fairchild took under consideration a charge of aggravated kidnapping. On Tuesday, Fairchild ruled Jaeger should be tried on that charge as well.

Jaeger is free on $850,000 bond. He has to wear a GPS monitoring device and is not to be within 100 miles of his victim, a 22-year-old Lawrence woman, unless he's in Lawrence for court proceedings. Fairchild declined Cornwell's request to modify the conditions of the bond so that Jaeger does not have to wear the GPS device.

Jaeger was arrested on Oct. 9, 2007, by Lawrence police responding to a disturbance call at an apartment complex in the 1200 block of George Court. Jaeger is accused of breaking into the woman's apartment, threatening her and a male friend, and then dragging the woman out to his car after severely injuring her.


Godfather94 10 years, 3 months ago

I still think his daddy's money will keep him out of jail. Thats probably why his low life attorney wants to plea bargain.

Michael Capra 10 years, 3 months ago

part of the plea deal should be self castration

vhawk 10 years, 3 months ago

This man should be thrown behind bars, and should never be able to see the light of day again. He is sick.

Buggie7 10 years, 3 months ago

Modify his bond so he doesnt have to wear the GPS device? With all the money in his family hes a huge flight risk of course his daddy says its all inaccurate and a misunderstanding . wear the device and quit your complaining. your out on bond you loser

xinmone 10 years, 3 months ago

The more twisted they are the more money they have...disgusting.

Christine Pennewell Davis 10 years, 3 months ago

will they be asking the victim what she would like? I know a trial might be hard reliving the night but a plea just might seem like he got away with it.

thomgreen 10 years, 3 months ago

Not Guilty ?!?! It amazes me the number of people that will not stand up for their actions. You're guilty, admit it, take your punishment like an adult and try to move on with your life. People need to start holding themselves accountable for their actions, and understanding that there are consequences for their actions. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

OnlyTheOne 10 years, 3 months ago

Now we'll actually see how good a DA Mr. Branson is!

Will he take a plea bargain or actually fight to get this guy off the streets? I know where my money is going.

Ragingbear 10 years, 3 months ago

You always plead not-guilty. Even if you plan on admitting to it, it will always result in a better deal. I always thought that the arraignment where all you do is plea guilty or not was foolish and wasteful of our justice system. Just have the plea default to "not guilty" unless the suspect wishes otherwise.

And I am not talking about the hearing where bail is set either. I am talking about the plea.

Baille 10 years, 3 months ago

I bet your wrong, Godfather.

And I know you are wrong, Logic. Jaeger is charged with a level 1 felony with the aggravated kidnapping. His charges could NOT be more serious.

Read the statutes. They are online and free. The sentencing grid can be accessed through the Sedgwick County District Court website.

SteveAisenstein 10 years, 3 months ago

Thankfully the judge made the right decision to keep the aggravated kidnapping charge. So now he's facing 5 serious charges. Given the severity of jail time for drug users/dealers/possessors, this kid should get at least 20 years in the slammer. This was a heinous crime. We'll see if he gets 5.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 3 months ago

Not Guilty? So you can do whatever you want to whomever, then plead "Not Guilty" and you are?

This is justice?

He's guilty. Pleading not guilty to this crime should enrage the DA and the judge. The big-time Chicago lawyer is taking them for small-Kansas-town chumps.

Anything but the book should be out of the question.

And if the plea bargain is pitched as a way to keep the victim from further injury, then the DA & the judge should figure out how to prosecute this pos to the fullest AND keep the victim protected.

curiousGeorge123 10 years, 3 months ago

steveaisenstein - why are you posting under that name? do I know you from somewhere?

curiousGeorge123 10 years, 3 months ago

I know a Steve A Isenstein, but he's not you... So i'm wondering if that's your real name or where you got it from. It's pretty curious when you see a name pop up where you're not expecting it. If you guys really have the same exact name maybe you should start some sort of club.

SteveAisenstein 10 years, 3 months ago

It's Steve Aisentein, not to be confused with Steve A. Isenstein, who I don't know, but the club idea does sound pretty cool. I know the feeling when a name pops up when you're not expecting it. You sound like an intelligent chap.

notajayhawk 10 years, 3 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says:

"A plea bargain may well be the best deal for the public and the victim."

I don't see how. As you mentioned yourself, this case appears to be a slam-dunk. Remember the driver has not been charged, and it's now obvious the only reason that could be is because he's willing to testify against Jaeger. (How else can you not charge him with kidnapping if Jaeger was charged? The other guy was driving the car!)

It would be far, very far, from the best interests of the public to let a dangerous psychopath like this guy off on anything other than the maximum penalty allowable. Otherwise the only lesson he'll learn is that if your daddy is rich, you can get away with anything, and it will just reinforce his behaviors.

The only thing a plea bargain would accomplish would be to save the DA's office the trouble of actually doing their job, protecting the public from animals like this guy.

justme2 10 years, 3 months ago

"The big-time Chicago lawyer is taking them for small-Kansas-town chumps."

I think his lawyer is from Overland park, not Chicago.

JaegerOJIkeTurner_NoDifference 10 years, 3 months ago


Are you a trial lawyer?

Plea. Ain't. Gonna. Happen.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 3 months ago

jaegeroj... there are thousands of topics on which Marioni claims to be an expert. self-aggrandizing.

D.A. don't go for the plea agreement. in fact, you should be looking for additional charges to charge jaeger with. a plea bargain would be a disgusting sellout by the d.A. and abdication of his duties.

glad the judge kept on the GPS monitoring device. there could be only evil intent in his wish to shed it. only evil intent.

RomanNose 10 years, 3 months ago

They should give him to the friends and family of the victim.

Baille 10 years, 3 months ago

If the DA can get a plea that includes substantial jail time, then a plea could make sense. It saves the victim from having to testify, which often causes new trauma no matter how delicately it's handled; it results in a (nearly) definite outcome; and, less important but certainly a consideration, it saves money.

That is why we have pleas to begin with: outcome certain, costs saved, and (albeit too often least considered) can be better for victim.

Of course, the DA does not represent the victim. The DA is not the victim's attorney and must not make decisions that simply reflect the victim's wishes. This has never been and hopefully will never be the case.

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