Archive for Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Rural Jefferson County man admits he shot his half-brother during argument over washing dishes

June 8, 2011


Bryan Poeverlein

Bryan Poeverlein

A 24-year-old Jefferson County man Wednesday morning admitted to shooting of his 22-year-old half-brother during an argument in February at their home north of Lawrence.

Bryan E. Poeverlein pleaded guilty to reckless aggravated battery and aggravated assault Wednesday morning, said Jefferson County Attorney Robert Fox. Poeverlein was originally charged with attempted second-degree murder in the case.

Fox said Poeverlein and his half-brother apparently got into an argument over washing dishes.

“The argument escalated to the point where Mr. Poeverlein retrieved a pistol and fired two shots,” Fox said. “One went into the floor, and one hit the victim.”

The shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at their residence in the 1700 block of Wellman Road, about 8 miles north of Lawrence. The victim was taken to a Topeka hospital that day, and Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers arrested Poeverlein.

Fox said Wednesday that the victim was still recovering from his injuries. Another person was in the home at the time of the shooting, Fox said.

District Judge Gary Nafziger is scheduled to sentence Poeverlein Aug. 18 in Oskaloosa.

According to state sentencing guidelines, Poeverlein could face from 31 months to 136 months in prison on the aggravated battery conviction. If his criminal history includes only misdemeanors, Poeverlein’s defense attorney Sarah Swain could ask Nafziger to give him probation. He also faces 11 months to 34 months on the aggravated assault charge but could qualify for probation on that count.

Fox said the two parties have no agreement about sentencing recommendations.


RoeDapple 7 years ago

Them musta been some damn dirty dishes . . .

Danielle Brunin 7 years ago

I can't tell you how many times this has almost happened between me and my husband!

Danielle Brunin 7 years ago

Hey, he needs to be good and do what he's told or *ka blammo!" ;)

ksjayhawk74 7 years ago

Count your blessings. Not everyone has someone they can threaten with a gun over household chores.

Danielle Brunin 7 years ago

That's true. There's nobody that I'd rather brandish a weapon at than him, especially at 2:30 in the morning.

Andrew Reeves 7 years ago

Good thing this guy had a gun to protect himself!

guesswho 7 years ago

Washing dishes at 2:30 in the morning?

jhawkinsf 7 years ago

Doing dishes at 2:30 a.m. Maybe they were someplace that closes at 2:00.

boxers_or_briefs 7 years ago

They were probably thrown out of The Cave earlier in the evening.

RoeDapple 7 years ago

ever since the microwave started poppin' holes in the old melmac i been hangin' it on the post out back and punchin holes in it with the pistol. dont shootit with #8 shot though cause that there #8 will bounce off the melmac an chase you back to the house. sometimes i throws it like a frisbee 'cept the neighbors dog sure is surprised when he tries to catchit

somedude20 7 years ago

Old boy does not look so bright. Heck, I bet he could not spell "cat" even if you spotted him the C and T

beatrice 7 years ago

When he goes to prison, they should make him work in the kitchen.

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Roe gets a point for mentioning melmac (which was also the home planet of ALF).

LadyJ 7 years ago

If Whitney was here you boys wouldn't be gitten away with these sexist remarks, and I'm telling on you when she gits back.

RoeDapple 7 years ago

ain't no secrets on the internet huh, autie . . .

blindrabbit 7 years ago

Sounds like this is a continuation of the Tongie self inflicted gunshot story also posted today. Dan Henry was right, the weather north of town is influenced by "The Tonganoxie Split"; which in turn causes bizarre nighttime gunfire in Jefferson and Leavenworth counties.

Ralph Reed 7 years ago

I thought this stuff appeared only in The Onion.

Guess life really does imitate parody.

charlenesharon 7 years ago

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