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Lawrence man sentenced to five years in prison on battery conviction

November 30, 2010

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A Douglas County judge Tuesday sentenced a 33-year-old Lawrence man, Damien L. Shields, to serve nearly five years in prison for an aggravated battery conviction.

A Douglas County judge Tuesday sentenced a 33-year-old Lawrence man, Damien L. Shields, to serve nearly five years in prison for an aggravated battery conviction.

A Douglas County judge Tuesday sentenced a 33-year-old Lawrence man to serve nearly five years in prison for an aggravated battery conviction.

District Judge Sally Pokorny told Damien L. Shields the state sentencing guidelines prevented her from placing him on probation. In September, Shields pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, violation of a protective order and two counts of domestic battery in connection with an April 10 incident.

Prosecutors said Shields committed an act of domestic violence and aggravated battery in Lawrence on April 10. Police were called after the female victim sought help for her injuries.

A judge had already ordered Shields not to have contact with the woman because he faced a domestic battery charge in connection with a Dec. 29 incident against her. In that incident, he was accused of pulling a clump of her hair out during an argument.

After listening to testimony and statements from family members, Pokorny told Shields she was convinced it was a “drug-driven” offense.

“When drugs are not involved I’m told that you are a good man and that when you come out of prison, you are going to be a good man,” she said. “You just have to avail yourself.”

Comments

sandrat83 4 years, 8 months ago

YES KANSAS IS CRAZY WITH MONEY ! I was reading a online deal about prison, and missouri has 25+ prisons and 45,000 + people locked up and kansas has 8000+ and 6 prisons and kansas is using just about the same money to hold 8000+ people that missouri and other states are using to hold 45000+

THAT IS NUTS ! AND SAM BROWNBACK NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS AND HE NEEDS TO FIRE THE SEC. OF CORRECTIONS !

geezlouize 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm surprised this guy got prison time at all. An (unfortunate) acquaintance of mine has had multiple domestic battery charges, assault and battery on multiple police officers, and drunk in public charges out the wazoo. But she's a woman so she gets a slap on the wrist every time she is arrested/sentenced in Lawrence. She is obviously a danger to people, yet she keeps getting away with everything she does. The system here seems to work for criminals.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 8 months ago

After listening to testimony and statements from family members, Pokorny told Shields she was convinced it was a “drug-driven” offense.

“When drugs are not involved I’m told that you are a good man and that when you come out of prison, you are going to be a good man,” she said. “You just have to avail yourself.”

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? WTH?

so, who forced the "drugs" on him? he took them voluntarily! vote no on this judge next time.

ebyrdstarr 4 years, 8 months ago

Did you miss the part where she sentenced him to 5 years in prison? A judge had the nerve to tell a guy that she sees good in him and that he could make positive changes to live a better life after he gets out of prison and this prompts you to say we should vote against this judge? Yeesh, I'm a little scared to know what kind of judges you would vote for.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 8 months ago

ebyrdstarr (anonymous) replies …

Did you miss the part where she sentenced him to 5 years in prison? A judge had the nerve to tell a guy that she sees good in him and that he could make positive changes to live a better life after he gets out of prison and this prompts you to say we should vote against this judge? Yeesh, I'm a little scared to know what kind of judges you would vote for.

December 1, 2010 at 12:43 a.m.

---Ebyrdstarr, no. I'm glad he got the five years. my point was: nobody forced him to take the drugs she says were the problem. thus, to blame the drugs is sorta like blaming a weapon for the act of the felon weilding it.

also, I think blaming the drugs could enable him to behave badly again.

wdl 4 years, 8 months ago

Does anyone know where this guy is from. If he is a Lawrence resident, what part of town is her from? He looks like someone that used to live close to me.

wdl 4 years, 8 months ago

Does anyone know where this guy is from. If he is a Lawrence resident, what part of town is he from? He looks like someone that used to live close to me.

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