A Douglas County judge on Friday ordered a 38-year-old Fairway man to serve two months in jail as part of his punishment for firing a gun into a vehicle his stepdaughter was riding in last August in Lawrence.
“It was just unfathomable that you would use that type of judgment,” District Judge Michael Malone told Marc D. Conley shortly before he handed down the sentence.
Conley had pleaded no contest in December to criminal discharge of a firearm and was convicted after prosecutors said he fired multiple shots into the car early on Aug. 22 near 23rd Street and Naismith Drive.
According to court testimony, Conley along with others, including his stepson, were in pursuit of the vehicle in Lawrence because his stepdaughter had run away from home while she was under house arrest. Conley said he acted out of anger, never meant to hurt anyone and was trying to stop the car that his stepdaughter was a passenger in and 18-year-old Terrance Williams was driving.
Deborah Moody, an assistant district attorney, said Williams received diversion in Johnson County District Court for contributing to a child’s misconduct. No one was injured in the incident.
“I’m very sorry. I never meant any harm to you or your family. I’m very sorry,” Conley told Williams during the hearing.
Williams told Malone in court that bullet holes came close to his head, and he said Conley deserved to go to prison. “Mr. Conley fired a loaded gun at my car,” he said. “I truly believe it was an intent to kill me.”
Defense attorney Craig Stancliffe and Moody said Conley had no prior criminal history and the plea agreement included a recommendation to spend a weekend in jail in addition to registering as a violent offender, seeking a mental health evaluation, serving probation and paying $3,500 restitution to repair the car.
But Malone went beyond the recommendation from the attorneys and ordered Conley to serve 60 days in jail as “shock time” before beginning his two-year probation term.