Archive for Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Driver in January Burger King robbery pleads guilty to lesser charges

April 28, 2009


A Douglas County judge Tuesday morning sentenced a 22-year-old Bonner Springs man to serve two years probation for his role as the driver in a January robbery of four Kansas University students outside a Lawrence Burger King.

If he violates his probation, Antoine Barber will have to serve a two-year prison term, Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild said. Barber pleaded guilty earlier this month to two counts of attempted robbery after prosecutors originally charged him with four counts of aggravated robbery.

A co-defendant, Nicholas G. White, 20, of Kansas City, Kan., who faces four aggravated robbery charges, will appear in court in June. Prosecutors accuse White of demanding cash at gunpoint from the four students in the early morning hours of Jan. 25 as the students were waiting for food in the drive-through lane at the restaurant near Sixth and Missouri streets.

Defense attorney Tim Riling said Barber was the designated driver that night, and he was unaware anyone would try to commit a robbery. But after the incident occurred, the victims said the robbery suspect then got into a car that left the scene, and police arrested Barber days later and identified him as the driver.

“If he had to do it over again, he would probably choose to take a different course of action,” Riling said.


KURocks 9 years ago

BS., he didn't know what was going to happen!!!

flux 9 years ago

Armed robbery.....probation?

helter_skelter 9 years ago

Notice that there is no mention of the fact that he didn't exactly turn himself in? No. The police tracked him down and arrested him. Think this individual feels ANY remorse for traumatising four students? I'm gonna have to go with "no" again. Let's give this winner probation. Being the driver of the getaway car used in an armed robbery doesn't sound like a step in the chain of events that creates a career criminal. Way to go Judge. Way to crack down on crime.

feeble 9 years ago

yep, some one rolled on his bro.

BalkansHawk 9 years ago

Informed says...

"Anyone wanna place bets on how quickly he violates his probation?"

I was thinking the same thing. If this kid is really a thug, he won't make two years of probation without doing something stupid. Either way, he already has a blemish (guessing at least a misdemeanor) on his criminal record and will find it a little awkward when he is filling out his next job application.

yankeevet 9 years ago

thats it??????//............unaware??.........

Jaminrawk 9 years ago

I think because it happened within the confines of the BK kingdom, the jurisdiction should go to the King. I say they get medieval on these guys.

lionheart72661 9 years ago

Let's see, kill someone get 12 days,drive get away car in robbery get 2 years probation. I'll bet that if you litter you get life in o=prison without parole!!!!

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