Archive for Friday, May 28, 2010

Two Lawrence men sentenced to prison for armed robbery of Pizza Shuttle delivery driver

Two men who robbed a Pizza Shuttle delivery person at gunpoint in September have been given jail time.

May 28, 2010


A Douglas County judge has sent two men to prison for their role in the armed robbery of a Lawrence pizza delivery driver.

Billy Kernizant, 22, and Royjamian Haulcy, 20, both of Lawrence, were sentenced Thursday in Douglas County District Court after being convicted of aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

Judge Robert Fairchild ordered Kernizant to spend more than nine years in prison and revoked his probation in a 2008 case involving drug and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Haulcy, who did not have a criminal record, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

The charges stemmed from the Sept. 30 robbery of a Pizza Shuttle delivery driver in the 1400 block of West Seventh Street. Prosecutors said the incident happened as the victim was preparing to give one of the accomplices change. That’s when a black semi-automatic hand gun was pushed up against his head and his envelope of cash stolen.

A co-defendant, Randall Lewis, 19, Lawrence is scheduled to be sentenced on the same charges Sept. 27.

Another co-defendant, Robert Howard, 22, Lawrence, is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 22.

Upon their release from prison, both Haulcy and Kernizant will be required to register as violent offenders for 10 years, because the crime was committed with a firearm.


EarthaKitt 8 years ago

Oh sure. Nobody comments when Fairchild throws the book at someone!

maxcrabb 8 years ago

This is what you get when you 1- rob someone who makes minimum wage 2- use a gun in a crime that only nets you, at most, a couple hundred dollars.

Hey, how about some math!

Working at $8 an hour, 40 hours a week, will get you $320 a week, minus taxes.

Sitting in jail for nine years gets you...?

RockChalkJayBlog 8 years ago

Sitting in jail for nine years gets you free rent and food.

Stuart Evans 8 years ago

That's about $4800 in free rent per year, and we'll say $10/day in food; another $3650. Looks to me like he netted over $76,000. I mean, if you like the prison life, that is.

maxcrabb 8 years ago

So having to deal with hundreds of criminal room mates, sharing showers, and never getting to see the outside is worth that? I'll take the minimum wage job any day.

(Beer alone should make any man want to be free)

RockChalkJayBlog 8 years ago

Didn't the person who was drunk driving and kill someone get only 6 months in jail?

hurlingchunks 8 years ago

Doesn't it seem odd that the black semi-automatic probably cost more than the envelope of cash? and why would you rob someone at your own home? This ends another exciting episode of "If you fail at life you will fail at being a criminal too"

Duane Mellenbruch 8 years ago

You are assuming that this person actually paid for the gun . . . .

Tonie Barnett Bruns 8 years ago

Yeah, and there was a man senteced to 6 months in jail for purposefully breaking a two year old girl's isn't our justice system a well oiled machine?

puddleglum 8 years ago

at least Royjamian has an interesting name. Is that French?

Paula Kissinger 8 years ago

Hey geniuses...once again pay attention and learn. Judges have sentencing guidelines that are mandated for each crime. This was an intentional act involving a firearm. The DUI was not intentional other than the fact that no one forced the guy to drink and drive. If you insist on bitching about the justice system then remember how mad you are when these things happen and make changes at election time. Elected officials are the ones that can change the laws and you are the ones that elect them.

somebodynew 8 years ago

I agree with P_B_G in that it is the legislature that sets the sentences (which is totally stupid IMO) so you have to change the law on the accident cases. And keep in mind, most of those light sentences were because the person fled the scene and the DUI could not really be proved.

But, beside that - Thank You Judge Fairchild for handing down such a good sentence. Sometimes the "system" in Douglas County surprises me.

And for those of you commenting on the "free room and board" and the cost of it - Do you want these guys living with you that long?? And, they will be housed and fed, but that is about it. No freedom to run to the store, see a friend, talk on the cell phone, or any of that - plus - if they get "lonely" they only have "Bubba".

If you are willing to move them into your place with the same restrictions (BTW you would be Bubba) then suggested that to the Court. Otherwise, STFU with that talk.

whats_going_on 8 years ago

so, this guy got 7 years in prison and has to be registered as an offender, and the dude who killed the girl on the bike, while drunk, got what, a few months (years?)

Kansas, time to do some thinking on this one.

junkhand 8 years ago

armed robbery worse than drunk driving? hell yes. don't be a moron.

greenworld 8 years ago

Unbelievable...So you can rape or kill somebody and get less time it seems. I often wonder why identity theft or writing bad checks is just a slap on the wrist yet it ruins people's life also. The sentence does seem kind of high but of course im not the guy that had a gun put to my head so considering that I guess have fun guys in prison and I guess you wont be robbing anybody anytime soon.

mysterlee 8 years ago

Hey guys read the story and you will realize the guy that got 7 years was on probation for drug violations as well as assaulting an officer.

The guy who hit the biker was drunk and yes stupid. He was also a first offender and deserves another chance. Do you really think putting him behind bars will rehabilitate him more than the nightmares and pain that we have to assume he goes through everyday. Now he will get no second chances I am sure of that.

A dark street corner is never a safe place to be walking or riding a bike at night with no light. Not defending the guy but if the story had been minus the dui would the rage from the public be the same. It was not like the guy intentionally hit her.

How many of us have driven drunk. Had this trajedy occurred to you would you feel obligated to do serious prison time?

mysterlee 8 years ago

My bad I guess he did not have priors. He still committed a violent crime and deserves to be sentenced as such. Do also realize there is probably parole options for the first time offender.

Again I do not defend driving drunk, (hit twice this year by drunk drivers), but that man was not actively attacking someone. I have also been robbed while delivering. I am glad that the judge knowing that there has been a rash of these robberies in last few years made an example of these guys.

Drive safe!!

Much love from the pizza man.

ralphralph 8 years ago

Good sentence. It's about time.

Reuben Turner 8 years ago

good. they need the time; dirty dogs. they could have got a job and earned what they stole. what a shame..

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