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Arthur Davis III gets 25 years for baseball bat attack on ex-wife

Judge calls baseball bat attack ‘heinous’

Arthur Davis III signals to some friends that he'll phone them to talk after Davis, who was convicted in December of trying to kill his ex-wife,  was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison Monday in Douglas County District Court. Arthur Davis III was found guilty last month of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and contributing to a child's misconduct.

Arthur Davis III signals to some friends that he'll phone them to talk after Davis, who was convicted in December of trying to kill his ex-wife, was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison Monday in Douglas County District Court. Arthur Davis III was found guilty last month of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and contributing to a child's misconduct.

January 25, 2010

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Judge doles out sentence in Davis case

Arthur Davis was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for the beating of his ex-wife. The man's son will also spend time in a state youth center. Enlarge video

A Lawrence man convicted of trying to kill his ex-wife in a brutal baseball bat attack was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison on Monday.

“This crime obviously was a heinous crime,” said Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild, before handing down the 310-month sentence.

Arthur Davis III was found guilty last month of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and contributing to a child’s misconduct. Prosecutors said he led his children in the June 16 attack, which ended with the 45-year-old victim escaping and running down the street in only her underwear for help.

Fueled by a heated child custody dispute, the attack occurred less than a week after the family learned a psychiatrist had recommended that the daughter continue living with her mother instead of with her father.

“Arthur Davis coerced, persuaded and enticed his two children to commit this atrocious crime upon their mother,” said Eve Kemple, assistant Douglas County district attorney.

The couple’s children were also charged in the attack, but the 12-year-old daughter was granted immunity for testifying against her father. The 15-year-old son entered a plea to a reduced charge of aggravated battery and was sentenced by District Judge Sally Pokorny on Friday to three years in state custody. He will serve the sentence at a state youth center, Pokorny said.

Several people from Davis’ Tai Chi class addressed Fairchild ahead of the sentencing, describing Davis as a healer.

“What happened in June has still been very hard for me to believe, because it is so completely out of character for the Art Davis that I know and care about very deeply,” said Iris Wilkerson, one of his former students.

The victim was not in court Monday, but Kemple indicated that she had addressed the court by letter.

Comments

Uhjh 4 years, 10 months ago

Hope he serves all of it and does not get out early. What as low life.

K_Verses_The_World 4 years, 10 months ago

Took an untrodden path once, where the swift don't win the race, It goes to the worthy, who can divide the word of truth. Took a stranger to teach me, to look into justice's beautiful face And to see an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Bob Dylan - I and I

introversion 4 years, 10 months ago

caption on photo "Hang loose, bro- my rent's paid for the next 25 years!"

Paula Kissinger 4 years, 10 months ago

25 year sentence = 7 1/2 years actually served if he behaves and no one goes to his parole hearing.

ebyrdstarr 4 years, 10 months ago

Not even remotely true, PitBullGrandma. For anyone sentenced on the sentencing grid, as this man was, there is no such thing as parole. By statute, he is entitled to earn up to 20% good time, which would mean he could get out in 20 years. But, it's entirely up to him whether he earns all that good time.

Reuben Turner 4 years, 10 months ago

im so glad they locked this man up. them kids deserved a little more time than that though.

Jonathan Becker 4 years, 10 months ago

To correct some of the statements here about the actual effect of the sentence: The Kansas Sentencing Guidelines say the following about 'good time'.

"The prison sentence represents the time an offender actually serves, subject to a maximum reduction of: 20% good time for crimes committed on or after July 1, 1993 and prior to April 20, 1995; 15% good time for crimes committed on or after April 20, 1995; or, 20% good time for crimes of drug severity level 3 or 4 or nondrug severity level 7-10 committed on or after January 1, 2008. K.S.A. 2007 21-4706(a) and 21-4722(a)(2). Any reduction in the prison sentence due to good time must be added to the postrelease supervision period to be served after the prison sentence is completed. K.S.A. 2007 21-4722(b)."

What the above means is that because the controlling charge was the attempted murder and the conviction was after 1995, therefore, the good time is 15% of the sentence. Attempted murder does not fall into the nondrug severity levels 7-10. Any good time that he earns gets added to the post-release sentence.

So his controlling sentence is 310 months or 25 years, 10 months. Maximum good time to be earned is 41.5 months. Subtract 41.5 from 310 equals 268.5 months or 22 years four and one half months. Assume he has been in jail since June, he get credit for 7 months, 9 days to date. So he won't be let out at the earliest until September, 2031 when he is 83 years and 2 months old. Then he will be on postrelease supervision for 77.5 more months or 6 years and 5 and a half months, or age 89 years old. Postrelease supervision will include a no contact with the victim provision.

Christine Anderson 4 years, 10 months ago

I can't believe the comment of Ms. Wilkerson. Abusive persons commonly wear "two faces"; one for the public and/pr business clients, and the other their true, monstrous self. Wake up, sister!

imamomma 4 years, 10 months ago

Don't drop the soap! Thats what he gets. Horrible Monster!

Ralph Reed 4 years, 10 months ago

Hear, Hear cheesehead.

Excellent comment and very true.

yankeevet 4 years, 10 months ago

Wonder what she did too upset this guy?

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 4 years, 10 months ago

Custody cases often bring out the worst since one party believes that the other is trying to steal their child(ren) from them. That appears to be the case here. Over the years the courts have tried to do a better child of involving both parents in the upbringing of their children, but it can still be a very painful process as this trial demonstrates.

hungryhustler 4 years, 10 months ago

..i don't feel pity for men of his kind ..even 'tho he will now take it in the behind.

Steve Miller 4 years, 10 months ago

We can only hope that bubba finds him sooner than later...

Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 10 months ago

I think it's funny that people who knew him are saying "he was a healer" and a "great guy". So was BTK, apparently. I think it begs the question, can you ever really "know" someone?

I don't think the word "heinous" does this crime justice. Maybe some cruel and unusual punishment for a cruel and unusual crime is in order?

pace 4 years, 10 months ago

What a plan, what a father, what a man and when caught stood there like the man he was and lied. Why do people think all it takes to be a good person is to use a friendly manner whenever one is not committing a horrible crime. Anyone who's kids don't call a doctor when daddy explains his plan how they can kill mommy is someone with history.

redmorgan 4 years, 10 months ago

Just another example of someone who should have had a vasectomy.

LoveThsLife 4 years, 10 months ago

I do feel for the children. I wonder if they will ever be able to have a normal and emotionally healthy life. I'm not sure what 3 years in state custody is going to do for a 15 year old...hopefully it doesn't make him jaded...sounds like he has already been through a lot of crap in his young life.

Kirk Larson 4 years, 10 months ago

Not enough considering what he did to his kids.

GmaD321 4 years, 10 months ago

Unfortunately, those kids are probably both ruined as far as having normal relationships with anyone for the rest of their lives. Their father brainwashed them into doing what they did & they should be kept away from him forever; their mom will be hard-pressed to trust them again and will always be uncomfortable around them even though she is their mother and anyone else in either of their futures will run screaming when they hear the family story.

Kontum1972 4 years, 10 months ago

there are a number of ball bats in prison....it will all work out...in the END...lol!

Danimal 4 years, 10 months ago

What is with this picture? The first thing that popped into my head is him mouthing the words "call me" to someone across the courtroom. Maybe he's just practicing for the phones you use to talk through the glass during prison visits?

I think that the kids shouldn't get off so easy for conspiring with their father to murder their mother, but I've never understood a lot of things the DA's are willing to do to get a conviction. Probably why I'm not a lawyer.

Beth Ennis 4 years, 10 months ago

as to the why, I doubt it had anything to do with the kids themselves. In my experience with friends, money is the driving factor. The one who gets custody also gets money. Men like this don't want to give up any money to an ex wife. I imagine he's been abusive all his life. The poor kids were probably terrified of him. I'm glad the daughter testified against him. She is probably the only one with a chance of normalcy if she gets a lot of counseling. All so sad, but I'm glad this guy got what he deserves. I'm amazed he has people saying he is a healer. He sure pulled the wool over all their eyes. Most abusers do. Everyone except the people they are abusing usually think they are awesome.

mommyoffour 4 years, 10 months ago

What is so sad, is that if he would have killed her then he would be doing less time. All the guys that killed Quincy Sanders are all out of prison. They are back in Topeka living their lives as if nothing happened. Probably coming down to Lawrence commiting more crimes. Terrible!

legionanon 4 years, 10 months ago

the picture in this article of aurther is in bad taste. and this is a biased small town newspaper.

brujablanco 4 years, 10 months ago

Pywacket (Anonymous) says…

In other constabulary action:

http://www.dgso.org/web/index.php?opt

Scroll down, noting domestic battery charges. See anyone you know? Hint: colleague of dearly disappeareded?

Interesting. She has two convictions for battery already. Maybe they will give her some jail time before she really hurts someone.

anon1958 4 years, 10 months ago

I know this guy and he is not a healer and is so full of BS I am not surprised the whites of his eyes are not brown. He tried and failed to learn the martial art system I teach because he was lazy and undisciplined.

As far as his Tai Chi students are concerned, they must be incredibly gullible not to have seen through this guy. I hope they find a decent Tai Chi instructor now.

Fortunately, because of his age and health, his sentence means he is likely to be permanently out of society.

Macoupin1953 4 years, 10 months ago

This guy is convicted in December and sentenced a month later. Why hasn't Matthew Jaeger yet been sentenced on his conviction from last summer?

newbee2 4 years, 10 months ago

What kind of people (Tai Chi students) would stand up for someone's credibility before sentencing in something like this? I hope those people get some help, they have been trully misguided by a dangerous individual!

As far as child custody goes, this is another example of a man who wanted to control everything and couldn't stand a woman taking ANYTHING from him. Just like the creep from Columbia MO that followed his estranged wife, teenaged daughters and elementary aged son to their family's in Burlingame at Thanksgiving and slaughtered his wife, daughters and the grandmother. Another dangerous and sick individual that needed to be off our streets long before they can do damage to others and destroy entire families!

legionanon 4 years, 10 months ago

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yanman 4 years, 10 months ago

The Kansas Sentencing Guidelines say the following about 'good time'.

“The prison sentence represents the time an offender actually serves, subject to a maximum reduction of: 20% good time for crimes committed on or after July 1, 1993 and prior to April 20, 1995; 15% good time for crimes committed on or after April 20, 1995; or, 20% good time for crimes of drug severity level 3 or 4 or nondrug severity level 7-10 committed on or after January 1, 2008. K.S.A. 2007 21-4706(a) and 21-4722(a)(2). Any reduction in the prison sentence due to good time must be added to the postrelease supervision period to be served after the prison sentence is completed. K.S.A. 2007 21-4722(b).”

Good god know wonder this country is in so bad of shape. Too many lawyers writing crap like the above.

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