Archive for Monday, December 12, 2011

Man sentenced to probation after hitting estranged wife with vehicle

December 12, 2011


A Douglas County judge Monday ordered a 35-year-old man to serve two years on probation for hitting his estranged wife with a car last summer.

A jury in November convicted Michael C. Pringle of intentional aggravated battery after prosecutors argued he struck his wife, Melissa Pringle, in a Holcom Park parking lot July 11 after they had an argument at one of their son’s T-ball games. The Pringles are divorcing, attorneys said. Prosecutors said two women testified that they saw Michael Pringle drive toward the woman, causing her to fall down and injuring her elbow and knee.

District Judge Sally Pokorny said Pringle had minimal prior criminal history and that he qualified for probation under state guidelines. If he violates terms of his probation, he faces a 12-month prison sentence.

Catherine Decena Skinner, an assistant Douglas County district attorney, said a domestic violence “tag” will be placed on his criminal record, under a provision of a recent Kansas law meant to track repeat domestic violence offenders. Pringle also must complete an assessment and follow recommended treatment for domestic battery offenders.

Michael Tubbs, Pringle's defense attorney, said he planned to appeal the conviction. Tubbs had argued evidence in the case was inconsistent and that the incident "at worst case" was an accident.


DRsmith 6 years, 5 months ago

Good. If it were the woman that hit her husband they would have given her a medal.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

Excuse me, but only "two years on probation" is making me very angry. She could have been so easily killed. In some places, attempted murder charges would have been filed, and upheld by a conviction.

And they are even going to "appeal the conviction."

Well that is very good! I hope that there is an appeal, and next time he'll get a much more realistic sentencing.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

But, here's what I don't know: If found guilty on appeal, can the sentence given be more harsh?

Steve Jacob 6 years, 5 months ago

Can't lock up everyone. I guess. The system gives you a break, the first time anyway.

Sigmund 6 years, 5 months ago

You know he misses her sometimes, just not this time.

deec 6 years, 5 months ago

Good thing it wasn't after park closing time when he ran her down. He might have received a stiffer sentence.

Jeremiah Jefferson 6 years, 5 months ago

Like Chris Rock once said, "you haven't been in love untill you have contemplated murder"

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