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17-year-old robbery suspect will be charged as an adult

July 10, 2009


Teen arrested for motel robbery to be tried as adult

A teen arrested for robbery at a North Lawrence motel will be tried as an adult for the crime. Enlarge video

Prosecutors filed charges Friday against a 17-year-old robbery suspect arrested during a dramatic takedown Thursday at a North Lawrence motel.

Sean Landreth, who is being tried as an adult in the case, has a criminal history.

The Lawrence teenager is accused of robbing an 18-year-old Lawrence man, who is known to him, around 11 a.m. Thursday in the 900 block of North Third Street.

About an hour later, more than 20 law enforcement officers were involved in his arrest at Jayhawk Motel, 1004 N. Third St., after evacuating the motel and then surrounding it armed with rifles and handguns. Officers eventually called the suspect, who was in room No. 19 of the hotel, and arrested him after he gave himself up.

Landreth had his first appearance Friday in Douglas County District Court, where prosecutors charged him with a count of felony aggravated robbery and criminal possession of a firearm, for carrying a firearm within five years of being convicted of a felony, court records said. Police said the suspect was possibly armed with a handgun during the robbery.

A judge set Landreth’s jail bond at $100,000 on Friday, prosecutors said. The suspect is scheduled to return to court at 9:30 a.m. July 14.

Court records indicate Landreth has a criminal history starting in 2005, in which he faced charges including robbery, escape from custody, battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated burglary, possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, and solicitation to aggravated arson.


GetAlongGang 8 years, 6 months ago

Good first step. Now I hope this guy has to do some serious time since he is a repeat offender.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years, 6 months ago

"Officers eventually called the suspect, who was in room No. 19 of the hotel...."

(Drat... now, I'm gonna have to change that reservation....)

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 6 months ago

Someone explain how the details of his juvie record can be printed here. I thought those were "sealed" in some way.

Paula Kissinger 8 years, 6 months ago

icedoverhillon14th (Anonymous) says… "does it really matter? standard DA practice in lawrence is to allow the perp to plea to a lesser crime, and give him probation, putting him right back on the street."

Usually, but this will not happen in this case. He was on probation at the time of this incident already. He has also placed himself in a situation where he can be indicted by a federal grand jury for being a felon in possession of a firearm and the least amount of time he would actually serve on a standard 10 year sentence would be 18 months in a federal facility. Then, once that sentence is served, he will most likely be returned to DGCO to serve whatever sentence he gets on the charges here...probably a couple of years, if the DA's office and his PO do not screw it up, as they usually do..

Granted it is never enough time served but it is the best we can expect as our cry-baby legislators have deemed that the amount of time these individuals should serve justifiably is too cruel. Boo Hoo.

Paula Kissinger 8 years, 6 months ago

OldEnuf2BYurDad (Anonymous) says… "Someone explain how the details of his juvie record can be printed here. I thought those were “sealed” in some way."

Because he will be 18 next month and because he is being tried as an adult.

Dani Davey 8 years, 6 months ago

icedoverhillon14th (Anonymous) says…

does it really matter? standard DA practice in lawrence is to allow the perp to plea to a lesser crime, and give him probation, putting him right back on the street.

It does matter as to the sentencing options. Sentencing in juvenile adjudications are aimed more towards rehabilitation and thus probation orders often include therapy and community service. Jail is generally a last resort with juvenile cases. Plus there is a lot more leniency. There are fewer sentencing options for adults and considering his criminal history, it's a lot more likely that he's going to be doing some time, even if he pleads to something lesser.

Dan Eyler 8 years, 6 months ago

Another product of a busted up family a mother who neglected and left her kids a father who beat his kids and left them to run wild what else should we expect.

Dani Davey 8 years, 6 months ago

OldEnuf2BYurDad (Anonymous) says…

Someone explain how the details of his juvie record can be printed here. I thought those were “sealed” in some way.

Because juvenile proceedings and records are no longer confidential. This changed a few years ago. Juvenile records also now count towards your adult record for sentencing purposes. A lot of people don't realize these changes were made, but you can go to the pro tem division of the courthouse any Wednesday afternoon and watch all the juvenile proceedings you want.

SpunKey 8 years, 6 months ago

Ksfaithful - NOT! Father was neglectful, but Mother did everything every counselor and teacher told her to do for 17 years! The society in Lawrence coddles the kids and suggested soft ways to deal with them... when an old fashioned beating at a younger age might have worked miracles.

This kid has humiliated LPD for years. He escaped from the local JDC a few years ago - was in a straight jacket, used it to cover razorwire fence to get over it and ran naked through N Lawrence fields until the Kaw river held him back so the helicopters could find him. How quickly you forget that story! Will this be forgotten just as quickly?

I'm sure both LPD and Sherrif want his as far away from Lawrence as possible. He is incredibly smart and that scares them more than "possibly having a handgun." They wish he had a gun and pulled it - then a self defense shot ends problem forever.

somebodynew 8 years, 6 months ago

SpunKey - finally someone who actually is familiar with this "kid". I know of all those things and more that he has done/said/tried. He has also made it well known that his goal is to kill a cop (and has tried it when fighting with them in the past). So for all the people who were ragging about why so many police were there, read Spunkey's comment and think about it.

The people I feel sorry for right now are the DG Co Corrections Officers who will have to deal with this POS until trial. I know he will try to make their lives miserable.

Danimal 8 years, 6 months ago

We used to have ways of dealing with people like this...

SpunKey 8 years, 6 months ago

Yes, SombodyNew.... he will be a handfull in captivity and the sooner he is in a major hard*ss holding cell, the better. I have friends who are jailors and police too.... this situation is volatile at best. He has a natural talent of pushing people's buttons. I commend the law enforcement staff for showing as much level headedness as they have all these years.

If her ever does kill a cop or anyone else... I hope it doesn't get PR, I hope we can deny him of that "John Wilkes Booth" type fo fame. It is exactly why he does this stuff. He loves to push buttons and he the center of attention. Deny him this.

I also commend the friend who reported the robbery. It takes courage to go against this type of lunatic.

SirReal 8 years, 6 months ago

20 officers for one 17 year old? Talk about backwoods small town living, - wow.....

somebodynew 8 years, 6 months ago

No SirReal - it is not backwoods. If it were backwoods living he would be beat or shot and no one would care. It is about living in a very liberal "feel good" community where LE knows if they really handle people like this the way they should they would be crucified.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 6 months ago

No one, least of all a police officer, is justified in breaking the law because they are angry at a lawbreaker. That just makes all of you the same. He will get his day in court and be sentenced accordingly. Slapping someone around because of words they say is never right. You are not responsible for what he does, thinks, or says, but you are responsible for how you choose to react.

somebodynew 8 years, 6 months ago

Irish - WTF. I really do not understand your post at all. But in case you haven't gathered, it is not about this guys words - this guy is just dangerous.

JimmyJoeBob 8 years, 6 months ago

I don't get SirReal's post why is it backwoods or small town to use overwhelming force to peacefully end a violent situation. Where is he from Topeka where they allow gangstas to run wild

bearded_gnome 8 years, 6 months ago

oh, looks like we have yet another expert in police tactics, Sirreal.

hey SR, read the postings under the first article, there are some other comments from people like you, maybe you losers can form a little club to help you all hate the cops together.

so, SR, how long is your criminal history?

and, as I posted over there, it is very easy in such a situation to get to 24 officers what with a takedown team, perimeter team, supervisors, officers charged with evidence and documentation. being in a motel makes it more complicated. if he were holed up in a single family home you might have a smaller perimeter team I guess, but also it seems the officers didn't have some important information about his situation in that motel room.

Sirreal, you really think you're such an expert? I suppose you think you could have taken down this guy by yourself. then if the guy gets an advantage or shoots you, then what? then he's running again.

obviously because of your hate you can't recognize that the use of overwhelming force is probably what caused this situation to end with zero injuries. that means, even the 17-year-old was taken in without a scratch despite his behavior.

pretty good job by law enforcement. they protected our community, took him in, and nobody got hurt. pretty darned good job.
all that's left is the whining by idiots like you.

Paula Kissinger 8 years, 6 months ago

SpunKey (Anonymous) says…

"I also commend the friend who reported the robbery. It takes courage to go against this type of lunatic."

FYI...That "friend" who is listed as the "victim" in this incident is the suspect in a home burglary that perpetrated this robbery.

LadyJ 8 years, 6 months ago

Interesting, wonder when we will get "the rest of the story".

maybeso 8 years, 6 months ago

A very sad case of neglect, ignorance, even endangerment, on the part of both parents from the very beginning--sorry to contradict, SpunKey, I wish it weren't true. He was taught from babyhood to drink, fight, cheat and abuse. What a truly terrifying and tragic waste of human potential. Thank you to Lawrence law enforcement for taking him into custudy with no shots fired. I hope there are adequate resources in place to control him while he is in Doug Co. I wish I had a little hope that he could be "helped". Unfortunately, I can see no good end to this...

nonya 8 years, 5 months ago

I know this child and his parents. This criminal was created and never had a chance to be anything other than what he is today.

This situation is very sad. I remember when this child was but an infant, perfect and unspoiled. Now, I doubt he will ever be able to comprehend love, civility, compassion and etc. This child was ruined and brought up to fail society and himself.

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