Archive for Monday, June 27, 2011

18-year-old Lawrence man sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in robbery attempt

June 27, 2011


A Douglas County judge Monday ordered an 18-year-old Lawrence man to serve three years and five months in prison for a foiled robbery last February in Oread neighborhood.

District Judge Sally Pokorny ordered Clinton Vince Dubray, who earlier pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated robbery and obstruction, to serve 41 month in prison. Prosecutors accused Dubray of using a gun Feb. 26 to try to rob a 43-year-old man who was walking in the 1100 block of Tennessee Street.

Dubray’s cousin Franklin Spottedtail, 20, of Lawrence, had run up behind the victim and grabbed his arms, but a Lawrence police officer drove by and interrupted the duo. Dubray and Spottedtail ran away, but officers later arrested them.

Dubray showed remorse for the victim as his attorney asked Pokorny to sentence him to probation. Defense attorney Napoleon Crews said Dubray had a rough life growing up with family members in South Dakota who had substance-abuse problems. Dubray said he was intoxicated that night, that he backed out of trying to rob one other person earlier because people were around and that the gun was not loaded when he pointed it at the man.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Allen said Dubray had failed at past probation chances as a juvenile offender. Pokorny said she felt sorry for Dubray, based on his early life, but she agreed with Allen.

“The bottom line is, you have had an opportunity to try and get things turned around when you came here and were placed in the juvenile system,” the judge said.

Pokorny already sentenced Spottedtail to serve 34 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in the case.


beatrice 6 years, 12 months ago

Hard to run and not get caught when you are a Spottedtail.

cb, I agree. Seems like a reasonable sentence, although I think any crime involving a gun should carry a sentence of at least 5 years without chance of getting out early.

justme2 6 years, 11 months ago

What exactly does the Spottedtail reference mean?

goodcountrypeople 6 years, 11 months ago

I agree that armed robbery merits jail time, but the law enforcement system in Douglas County is broken. KU is allowed to abuse their police power and the DAs have no problem showing dishonest favor to the lying liars in the KU General Counsel Office and the unethical incompetents in the KU HR office by filing charges based on tampered evidence in which a framed defendant has had zero contact yet ends up getting smeared as "threat" and being required to book himself into jail for asking the school to follow required due process procedures. That's taking unsavory southern-justice tactics too far!

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