Archive for Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lawrence man sentenced to 2 years on probation in aggravated battery case

June 14, 2011


A Douglas County judge on Tuesday sentenced a former Lawrence man to serve two years on probation related to a May 2010 incident in which a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted after a night of drinking.

Kellen T. Gangel, 28, who served 30 days in jail as part of his April 1 no-contest plea to aggravated battery, would need to serve one year in prison if he fails to comply with his terms of probation.

Before the plea, prosecutors had planned to present evidence in a trial that Gangel and the woman were out drinking on May 19, 2010, with a group of friends in Lawrence. The woman alleged Gangel had touched her while they were inside a vehicle and that later in an apartment she awoke to him molesting her.

“You’ve hardly served your time. I wish you nothing but unhappiness,” the woman said in court Tuesday.

Douglas County prosecutors said as part of the plea agreement Gangel would complete a sex offender evaluation and be required to follow any recommendations made in the evaluation. Defense attorney Tom Bath said Gangel had almost completed treatment recommended by an alcohol evaluation.

“He’s prepared to essentially stop abusing alcohol, get back to work and be a productive citizen,” Bath said.

District Judge Peggy Kittel ordered Gangel to follow treatment recommendations from both evaluations and pay $952 in restitution plus other costs and fees.

“If you test positive (for alcohol or drugs), you’re going to have to answer for that,” Kittel said.


Dayna Lee 6 years, 9 months ago

I think the victim should be able to sell Tshirts with this guys mug shot to warn the public.

rumor_man 6 years, 9 months ago

It's because the defense attorney is KU_Law and stays up late waiting to be the first poster.

somebodynew 6 years, 9 months ago

“He’s prepared to essentially stop abusing alcohol,"

Doesn't say he is going to, only that he is "prepared" to. My money is on he doesn't complete the probation clean - - now whether the system does anything about it is a different topic.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 9 months ago

That reminds me of something I was once told:

"I think you greatly overestimate the competence of government."

KallieVS 6 years, 9 months ago

what crap... than you wonder why so many rape victims never come forward. It's a shame it really is.

KISS 6 years, 9 months ago

Am I the only one who is confused by the fact this guy plead guilty to aggravated battery (intentional or reckless great bodily harm or harm by a deadly weapon) when the incident involved him sexually assaulting and molesting an unconscious female? Was that to avoid having to register as a sex offender, which he is? And furthermore, all he gets probation? Not even a 6mo sentence to jail to think about the pain and suffering he caused to the victim. Really? DGCO courts are all kinds of messed up.

countrygal07 6 years, 9 months ago

What the hell was Kittle thinking? Now this guy is going to be out on the streets preying for his next victim.

Evagrant 6 years, 8 months ago

Seriously? You judge and project based on a 125 word news report. Each of you could benefit from the practice of intellectual rigor.

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