Archive for Wednesday, November 2, 2011

KU student pleads guilty to July misdeameanor battery charge

November 2, 2011


A Kansas University student pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor battery charge for punching another student in the face and breaking his nose in July.

District Judge Peggy Kittel sentenced Andrew B. Dickinson, 22, who had initially faced a felony aggravated battery charge in the case, to serve six months on probation and complete an outpatient treatment program for alcohol. Dickinson’s defense attorney Hatem Chahine said Dickinson had been drinking early July 1 and hit the other man in the face in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street.

The victim in the case had alleged Dickinson “sucker punched” him and that he had to go to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for a broken nose.

“I regret my actions. It was a mistake,” Dickinson told Kittel in court. “I’m sorry for the victim.”

Assistant district attorney Mark Simpson said the victim supported the resolution of the case, and Kittel ordered Dickinson to pay the victim’s medical bills. Dickinson can perform community service work to cover court costs in the case. During the sentencing, Dickinson told Kittel the incident occurred as bars downtown were closing, and the judge said she often gives advice to parents and KU students to avoid that time of the night because of the number of intoxicated people leaving the area at once.

“I tell them to get home before the bars close,” Kittel said, “because things happen that you normally wouldn’t think you’d be involved in.”


Getaroom 6 years, 6 months ago

This may have been a mistake, but more than that, it was a choice. This young man went out of his way to seek out the victim and hit him with the intention of doing harm. The punishment probably fits the crime and hopefully the perpetrator and the victim learn mutual respect for others and realize "manning up" does not mean acting out immaturities in violent ways. I feel community service as well as restitution is in order in cases such as this. Perhaps picking up trash downtown early in the morning would be a great lesson in what happens in our city as a result of the party atmosphere on Mass, as a result of KU students drinking and littering without consequence.

Alceste 6 years, 6 months ago

Why no jail time? Need a list. Lists are good. Need a list of where people reside who have been arressted and convicted of slugging people. I want to know if a guy or gal living in my neighborhood slugs people. And, when the slugger moves, said slugger needs to make certain he registers his new address.....all across the 50 states, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, et. all. Lists. We need more lists.....

cowboy 6 years, 6 months ago

This is such a minor charge why is it news ?

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