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Douglas County judge sentences Topeka woman to three years probation for involvement in Redbud Lane shooting

January 28, 2011

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Ashley Halstead, pictured during a first appearance in Douglas County Court on Wednesday in connection with the Redbud shooting.

Ashley Halstead, pictured during a first appearance in Douglas County Court on Wednesday in connection with the Redbud shooting.

A Douglas County judge has sentenced a rural Topeka woman to serve three years on probation for her involvement in an October shooting outside of a Lawrence apartment complex.

Chief Judge Robert Fairchild handed down the sentence Friday morning to Ashley Halstead, 22, after attorneys for both sides said Halstead had abided by certain stipulations while she was out on bond.

“We believe she is not a danger to society,” defense attorney Greg Robinson said.

Halstead had pleaded guilty in December to two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. Prosecutors had accused her and three other Topeka residents of participating in a scheme to rob two men in Lawrence. One of the Lawrence men was shot on Oct. 11 in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane.

Christopher Bush, 20, the man prosecutors accuse of pulling the trigger, has already pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 15.

Desmond J. Jackson, 19, of Topeka, who was accused of driving a vehicle away from the shooting, pleaded no contest Monday afternoon to two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. His sentencing is scheduled for March 3.

The fourth defendant, Rylie Musik, 18, has a trial scheduled for April 6. Her attorney has said she had no knowledge of the plan.

Fairchild said if Halstead is found to violate terms of her probation she faces a sentence of two years and eight months in prison.

Comments

smitty 4 years, 2 months ago

Fairchild said if Halstead is found to violate terms of her probation she faces a sentence of two years and eight months in prison.

YH would be free now if they had shot the thieves.

Neomarxist123 4 years, 2 months ago

But it would be 2 years and 8 months for EACH thief YH dealt with. Not just 2 years and 8 months for the whole batch.

greenworld 4 years, 2 months ago

I thought when you pull a gun on somebody , aim it and pull the trigger , isnt that called attempted murder. Im confused. whether he knew the guy or not or meant to do it or not I think something is wrong here.

Steve Jacob 4 years, 2 months ago

If she did not have a record and squealed on the shooter, she was not going to prison. I'd advise the other women to take the same deal, rather then gamble. All four better be happy the victim survived or they would all be facing long sentences.

Morganna 4 years, 1 month ago

OMG - I can't believe none of them got attempted murder??? Douglas County - WOW - do some violent crimes and you get slapped on the hand! - WOW again

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