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Topeka resident gets probation in Last Call case

A Topeka woman receives probation for her role in trying to help a man who shot three people outside a Lawrence nightclub earlier this year.

June 19, 2008, 11:01 a.m. Updated June 20, 2008, 12:00 a.m.

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A Topeka woman has been placed on probation for her role in attempting to aid a man who shot three people outside a Lawrence nightclub.

Sonda Washington, 33, must obey the law and meet other requirements during a year on probation to avoid serving a year in prison, according to a sentence handed down Thursday by Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin.

On the night of Feb. 10, Washington was in the car that left with gunman Carlos Jackson, who had shot and wounded three people following a disturbance at Last Call, 729 N.H. Jackson now is serving 15 years in prison.

Before the sentencing, Washington apologized for her actions.

"I got myself into a bind. I'm sorry about the thing that happened that night," she told the judge.

Washington's attorney, Jessica Travis, told Martin that her client had always cooperated with police investigators and that she had taken responsibility for her actions.

Travis also said that Washington was scared and had been threatened and harassed by acquaintances of Jackson since the incident.

A second woman, Sherise Spears, 20, Topeka, also was charged with attempting to aid Jackson. She has entered a diversion program. If she completes the program by obeying the law and meeting other requirements the charge could be dismissed.

Comments

MattressMan 6 years, 6 months ago

plivanec (Anonymous) says: If she was in the car, and knew what was going on, she should get the same amount of time as everyone else. She didn't HAVE to be there:Better watch it there plivanec some people around here think that just because you dont pull the trigger you shouldnt be held to a tougher standard.

nobody1793 6 years, 6 months ago

I'd like to hear the Supreme Court debate the status of "my bad" as a legal defense.

edwinga 6 years, 6 months ago

I guess she didn't know how to "roll" (role?).

hockmano 6 years, 6 months ago

otto (Anonymous) says: Sh's probably got a bunch of kids that no one wants to take care of - so if they let her out at least she will be the one not taking care of them. - oh wait that won't help either. We are all screwed with people like her in society. But i'm sure the checks she cashes that we all pay for go straight to the crack dealer.Arent you making comments you know nothing about? Just because you do something once, doesnt mean you are on welfare or associate with crack dealers. Get a grip!

plivanec 6 years, 6 months ago

If she was in the car, and knew what was going on, she should get the same amount of time as everyone else. She didn't HAVE to be there...

igby 6 years, 6 months ago

This was the only way for them to get a conviction on Jackson, its call a deal.

bad_dog 6 years, 6 months ago

I'm sorry about the thing that happened that night," she told the judge.That "confession" certainly reflects her grasp of the magnitude surrounding accompanying convicted felons during shooting sprees.

Munsoned 6 years, 6 months ago

I whole heartedly relish laughing at another's expense. That's the way I role.

BorderRat 6 years, 6 months ago

Ever notice how some people are really sorry for what they did after they get caught? I wager that if the investigation had not turned up her name, she would never have taken it upon herself to contact the police.

tenziewenzie 6 years, 6 months ago

I just do not understand the laws these days. How can someone get by with this stuff. She was there, she should be treated the same as the others.

whatatown 6 years, 6 months ago

Can the journal world not afford proofreaders? Good lord. Our hometown newspaper makes me cringe more and more every day!

otto 6 years, 6 months ago

Sh's probably got a bunch of kids that no one wants to take care of - so if they let her out at least she will be the one not taking care of them. - oh wait that won't help either. We are all screwed with people like her in society. But i'm sure the checks she cashes that we all pay for go straight to the crack dealer.

ebyrdstarr 6 years, 6 months ago

don't be silly, stuck. Only the people who knew or should have known he had a gun.

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 6 months ago

or... maybe... every person that Jackson has ever met should be doing life...yeah... that would about cover it...

newsreader 6 years, 6 months ago

She always cooperated with Police... so did she go turn herself in that night? I would think she probably did something else, aside from just being in the car...

TopJayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

hockmano... You are right of course, yet I would be willing to take that bet. You see, even though it is a stereotype, it is also probably true.

TopJayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

Whatatown.. Sure they can afford proofreaders, they pay them about six bucks an hour. So, you get what you pay for.

yesakmac 6 years, 6 months ago

You want to see an even worse display of an incompetent news paper? http://cjonline.com/stories/062008/loc_292967454.shtml ... read through the comments, they are better than the 1 sided "fight for the people" article that is above them.

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