Archive for Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Woman sentenced to probation for her role in burglary at apartment near KU campus

July 27, 2011


A 21-year-old woman pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts Wednesday morning in connection with a December burglary near the Kansas University campus.

Shelby Sprauer pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal restraint and one count of conspiracy to commit criminal restraint. District Judge Kay Huff sentenced her to serve one year on probation and 28 days in Douglas County Jail.

Prosecutors accused Sprauer of participating in a Dec. 3 scheme with three other people to rob an apartment resident in the 1100 block of Louisiana Street. She initially was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and aggravated burglary. Huff declared a mistrial June 1 because Sprauer’s defense attorney, Tom Bath, asked for more time to review phone records Lawrence police detectives had collected.

Three other co-defendants have entered pleas in the case. Kyle Peterson, 21, received a two-year probation term last week, and Kayla Kling, 20, and Michael Hammond, 21, will be sentenced in August. Prosecutors accuse Hammond of recruiting three Wichita men one night earlier to rob the same target — a suspected drug dealer — in the same apartment building, but the suspects burst into the wrong apartment.

The Wichita men’s robbery cases are pending.


BlackVelvet 6 years, 10 months ago

Once again, crime DOES Douglas County at least. You can pull a home (apt) invasion and get probation. Wonderful. Does anyone get jail time for their crimes anymore??

Jonathan Becker 6 years, 10 months ago

Please do not blame the liberal judges of DG. The liberal judges have very little discretion in sentencing given the tough-on-crime sentencing guidelines that were passed by the conservative Republican-led legislature with a conservative Republican governor. Even if the judge wanted to lock them up and throw away the key, the guidelines deny that discretion. Look at the level of crime on one side of the graph and then the defendant's criminal history across the top of the graph and draw two lines, one across and one down. Where the two lines meet, that is the presumptive sentence. A chimp could calculate the sentence.

Then the legislature under a looming federal court mandate to reduce prison overcrowding decided to make certain crimes presumptive probation, because the alternative would be (horrors! the consequences of decisions) having to build more prisons, which would have meant more money for construction, and (horrors, horrors!) a tax increase.

In this particular case the defendant pled to 3 misdemeanors. A misdemeanor is generally defined as a crime with a punishment of up to a year. So J.Huff sentenced the defendant to a year -- the maximum sentence allowed by law and decided that we -- you and I - do not need to pay to house that person for a year. Hopefully, 28 days in jail will be enough shock time to make them consider a behavior adjustment. If they do not adjust, then J.Huff can send her away for the rest of the sentence for a misdemeanor. Good discretion by J. Huff, saving my pocketbook right now.

Yes, crime pays in Kansas, but let's not blame the liberal judges of DG. Let's put the blame on the two-faced Legislature that says its tough on crime, and then passes sentencing guidelines as effective as a screen door on a submarine.

justoneperson 6 years, 10 months ago

"The republicans have only been in for less than a year"

No. That is factually incorrect.

The Republicans controlled the legislature prior to the 2010 elections

And for many years prior

Alabamastreet 6 years, 10 months ago

Republicans only been in for less than a year? ha, ha, ha, ha. I think the last time the Republicans didn't control the Legislature in Kansas was when there was a large sheet of ice 20 feet deep covering the state.

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