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Lawrence man sentenced to 32 months in prison for hitting victim with nearly full liquor bottle

April 19, 2011

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A Douglas County judge has sentenced a 28-year-old Lawrence man to serve 32 months in prison after he was convicted of aggravated battery for injuring another man in a Haskell Indian Nations University dormitory in 2010.

District Judge Kay Huff Monday sentenced Mathew J. Pendleton after a jury convicted him in March of the lesser charge of reckless aggravated battery for the Feb. 19, 2010, incident.

Prosecutors accused Pendleton of striking the victim in the head with a large, nearly full liquor bottle and fracturing the victim’s skull “in an unprovoked attack.” Lawrence police investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Eve Kemple, an assistant Douglas County district attorney.

Comments

Take_a_letter_Maria 4 years, 2 months ago

Yet, you can kill someone while driving under the influence and your sentence is shorter.

Not saying this sentence isn't deserved, but we have some f'd up sentencing guidelines in this state.

slowplay 4 years, 2 months ago

"Yet, you can kill someone while driving under the influence and your sentence is shorter.".. I did not know this. Do you have any sentencing examples or recent cases I can look up?

been_there 4 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Roe, couldn't remember any names on that one.

Take_a_letter_Maria 4 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, I know all about that NavyVet. No need for the civics lesson. And yes I do vote EVERY election.

igby 4 years, 2 months ago

Unsevolked .,.hardly? old and new boy friend drama in the dorm. Never rub salt in a freash wound, while they are drinking vodka? unprevolked is ljw drama.

Kyle Reed 4 years, 2 months ago

I feel dumber just for having read this comment.

Kyle Reed 4 years, 2 months ago

I feel dumber just for having read this comment.

Boston_Corbett 4 years, 2 months ago

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grimpeur 4 years, 2 months ago

It's not just drunks, it's a general lack of will to treat all kinds of problem drivers as the serious threats they are:

-violent criminals like the guy who ran over a cyclist and got only 14 days in jail coz his weapon was a truck instead of a bottle, baseball bat, or gun. Same charges, same conviction, only 14 days in jail with time out to go to work. Still has his driver's license. Why? Because he did his crime with a truck. That's not just a problem. that's complete BS.

-cell-phone and text addicts like the guy who killed a deputy sheriff, received no time in jail (maybe OK, since the victim's family agreed). Still has his driver's license (not OK). Why? Because he did his crime with a car. Vehicular manslaughter would have been the proper charge. You think that he still texts and drives? You bet he does, and that's because there's no consequence for his incredibly tragic screw-up. (And don't give me that "living with it the rest of his life" crap--he's living, deputy Dillon isn't. End of story)

-habitual offenders who either spend an afternoon at a fake traffic class or simply pay a fine to avoid having points put on their licenses. Because we can't go taking people's licenses away, even from those who have demonstrated how much we should, now can we? Screw that.

-and of course, to Maria's point, the many many many repeat DUI offenders and suspended drivers who never see the inside of the jail where they belong, let alone the hit-and-run cowards. fake tough guys, and the "new busy," whose every self-inflicted task is so important that their discourtesy, endangerment and aggression are just things that everybody else will just have to deal with.

The moral is: do your crimes with a car. You can always say you just didn't see them, and that you didn't realize you'd hit anything. After you flee the scene, of course.

Brock Masters 4 years, 2 months ago

The guy that hit the bicyclist with his truck only got 14 days didn't he? Something is not right in our sentencing guidelines.

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