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Jaeger sentencing postponed to January

September 23, 2009

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Matthew Jaeger: Guilty Verdict

More coverage of the trial of a former Kansas University student accused of beating and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend.

A former Kansas University student convicted of the 2007 beating and kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend will not be sentenced until January.

Chief Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild has agreed to give defense attorneys for Matthew P. Jaeger, 24, of Riverwoods, Ill., extra time to file motions for a new trial. The judge scheduled sentencing for Jan. 25. It originally had been set for this Friday.

In August, jurors convicted Jaeger of kidnapping, aggravated battery and making a criminal threat.

Prosecutors accused Jaeger confronting his ex-girlfriend, Francie Biggs, 23, at her northern Lawrence apartment the night of Oct. 9, 2007, and threatening Dylan Jones, the man who was with her.

Biggs, who spoke out after the verdict and agreed to be identified by the Journal-World, also testified that Jaeger choked her unconscious. She awoke with injuries to her external vaginal area.

The defense said that scientific evidence in the case pointed to Biggs injuring herself with a fall onto a bed rail and that Jaeger was trying to help her.

Jaeger, who remains in custody in the Douglas County Jail, faces at least four years in prison.

Comments

50YearResident 5 years, 8 months ago

Someone is stalling, probably thinking the sentence will be reduced after the trial has been forgotten for a while and the uproar has subsided.

cellogrl 5 years, 8 months ago

No, I think that the issue is that the juror who screwed around gave them good grounds for appeal. I don't think that his sentence will ever be any lighter.

Keith 5 years, 8 months ago

Not to mention the ever popular time served in county is easier than time served in the pen.

igby 5 years, 8 months ago

Can convicted felons be selected for a jury? Even one who has been convicted for the same type of crime that they're supposed to be sitting in judgment on? Criminal threat, battery, ect. on a girlfriend? People with felony convictions?

Would it shock anyone?

SpiritTat 5 years, 8 months ago

I wish "justice" really could be found in our legal system. It does the best it can; sometimes serving the innocent, sometimes the guilty.

somebodynew 5 years, 8 months ago

What I don't understand is why can't he start serving his sentence in Prison, while the "motions" are drafted. Maybe that would make the attorney think about hurrying a little bit. He is going to Prison, so let him start - they bring people back all the time for court hearings. They are just delaying how much time he serves in Prison because time in county will count. And this is one POS who deserves no special treatment.

KansasPerson 5 years, 8 months ago

I am very, very, very unhappy to hear about this delay.

igby 5 years, 8 months ago

I hope this juror was not who I heard it was. If so, he had two felony convictions. Third DWI and criminal threat and property damage, felony, on a former girlfriend. I don't know if what I heard was true but if so, he should of never been on any jury. This alone is good grounds for appeal. Hope it was not the same guy who I heard it was in a rumor.

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