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18-year-old Lawrence man convicted in armed robbery at Tennessee Street apartment

January 7, 2011

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A Douglas County jury on Friday convicted an 18-year-old Lawrence man of five charges in connection with a June robbery of a Kansas University student in Oread Neighborhood.

Jurors deliberated for about two hours before finding Jermel Fleming guilty of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and theft.

Mark Simpson and James McCabria, both assistant district attorneys, accused Fleming of planning to commit a robbery at an apartment in the 900 block of Tennessee. They said Fleming wore a red mask over his face and took a sawed-off shotgun into the apartment with four other men before demanding money and drugs from the victim. The men took electronics and a small amount of marijuana.

Prosecutors said Fleming orchestrated the robbery because he had an associate ask the victim if he could buy marijuana from him. Other co-defendants in the case have either entered pleas or received immunity.

Defense attorney Branden Smith told jurors that witnesses had credibility problems and that they initially said only four men committed the robbery but changed their story later to add Fleming as a suspect.

At least two of the charges carry a maximum 20-year prison sentences. District Judge Sally Pokorny will sentence Fleming Feb. 7. He is free on $75,000 bond until that hearing.

Comments

cheeseburger 3 years, 3 months ago

I called it! Just glad he left the sawed-off behind!

Hopefully Pokorny will be more careful in the future, as her actions in this case were detrimental to the safety and welfare of the public and the plaintiff.

And creaz - still think your 'bro' is a poster child for model behavior? Yeah, right!

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somebodynew 3 years, 3 months ago

Well, with the new article, either Jermel isn't "a very good kid just has had hard times and yes he did mess up here and not a good thing what has been comitted but i pray that they do take it easy on him everyone has faults and screw up in life he just got caught and he relizes im sure and will better himself in the future " as a friend of his said. Bettering oneself probably doesn't include getting arrested for Intimidation of a Witness right after being released on bail.

Or, the other side is, the cops were pissed that the judge let him out (which wasnt' the brightest move) and figured he would run or do something even more stupid, and chose to arrest him on stuff that probably happened before, or during, trial that couldn't be brought up.

Either way he is where he needs to be now !!!!!

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 3 months ago

creaz (anonymous) says…

well as a matter of fact jermel is a very good kid just has had hard times and yes he did mess up here and not a good thing what has been comitted but i pray that they do take it easy on him everyone has faults and screw up in life he just got caught and he relizes im sure and will better himself in the future keep in mind there is 2 sides to every story so jermel i am praying for u kid keep your chin up and your head held high ok your still good people just made a mistake and can only better your self in future huh love u brother peace

January 8, 2011 at 12:31 a.m.

---obviously Creaz is not an english teacher or copy writer for LJW, lol!
Jermel is a good kid?

got news for ya': a good kid doesn't go around threatening somebody with a big hangin' gun. If you're the victim, you do not know what is in Jermel's mind at the time.

and your excusing him only makes it easier for little thuggy Jermel to do this again when he gets out!

Craze is part of a sadly predictable pattern on here when crimes happen. "you jes don know him! he's not reely a bad boy he jes made a mistak. it ain't his fault after all look at the family what reared him up? you peopl have no place to judge him. etc. etc. ...

if Jermel is to be rehabilitated, he needs to be held accountable by those who actually know him. Creaz, he will desperately need positive mentoring. encouragement to take the right steps when he is released. but to do the right steps, the people around him have to clearly identify what he did wrong to keep him out of falling into it again.

next time, what if he pulls the trigger?

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lionheart72661 3 years, 3 months ago

He was convicted! How in the world is he still out on bond?

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 3 months ago

Why is that trash out on bond?

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b22 3 years, 3 months ago

longest sentence ever, punctuation is your friend!

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creaz 3 years, 3 months ago

well as a matter of fact jermel is a very GOOD KID just has had HARD TIMES and yes he did mess up here and not a good thing what has been comitted but i pray that they do take it easy on him everyone has faults and screw up in life he just got caught and he relizes im sure and will better himself in the future KEEP IN MIND THERE IS 2 SIDES TO EVERY STORY so jermel i am praying for u kid keep your chin up and your head held high ok your still good people just made a mistake and can only better your self in future huh love u brother peace

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 3 months ago

Might have been a good idea to revoke the bond and hold him for sentencing, don't you think? His "flight risk" rating just shot through the roof.

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cheeseburger 3 years, 3 months ago

Free on bond? With those charges? Hope he doesn't decide to settle the score before he takes up residence in the crossbars hotel.

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