Archive for Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sentence given in Kohl’s kidnapping

A 42-year-old man was sentenced to serve 19 years in prison for kidnapping and robbing a person a knife point. The man will be eligible for release in 2047.

September 2, 2009


A Wichita man was ordered Tuesday to serve more than 19 years in prison for robbing and kidnapping a woman at knifepoint from the parking lot of a south Lawrence department store.

Donald Bartsma, 42, had pleaded guilty in July to kidnapping and aggravated robbery for the attack on a 24-year-old nursing student in February 2008 in the Kohl’s parking lot.

Bartsma forced the woman into the passenger seat of her car, drove her to her bank at 27th and Iowa streets and forced her to withdraw $100 from her account. He then drove her to an area in rural Douglas County and fled the area in an escape vehicle that had been following him.

Bartsma is currently in prison in Missouri after being convicted of robbery and attempted robbery there. Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny ordered the local sentence to run consecutive to the Missouri case. Bartsma won’t be eligible for release until 2047.

Bartsma’s accomplice, Troy Pryor, who was driving the getaway car, was sentenced to 49 months in prison. He will serve that time in Kansas after completing a prison term in Missouri.


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