Archive for Thursday, October 13, 2011

Court panel to meet in Lawrence to hear appeal of Matthew Jaeger’s conviction for kidnapping, assaulting former girlfriend

October 13, 2011


— An appeal of the conviction of Matthew Jaeger will be heard next week by a panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals, which will be meeting in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.

Jaeger, now 26, was convicted in 2009 by a Douglas County jury of kidnapping and assaulting his former girlfriend,

Jaeger was sentenced to 106 months in prison. His lawyers have alleged eight trial errors as basis for the appeal. The state contends Jaeger received a fair trial and his conviction should be upheld.

Jaeger currently is in custody at Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

The appeals panel will hear 14 cases on Tuesday and Wednesday. Jaeger’s hearing is set for Tuesday morning.

The Court of Appeals has been scheduling arguments in judicial districts across the state in a continuing effort “to bring the court to the people,” said Judge G. Gordon Atcheson, who will serve as presiding judge.

Judges Karen Arnold-Burger and David Bruns also will serve on the panel.


somebodynew 6 years, 7 months ago

I am assuming this is open to the public, but what time ???? I might like to sit in on this one.

Getaroom 6 years, 7 months ago

call the courthouse and ask - simple as that.

ebyrdstarr 6 years, 7 months ago

Court of Appeals dockets begin at 9 a.m. Yes, the hearings are open to the public. The Jaeger case is the 3rd case on the docket that morning, so it won't start before 10. The two cases before it are also criminal, so they won't settle and the arguments won't be waived.

Brent Fry 6 years, 7 months ago

106 months is such a joke sentence. This turd deserved at least 20 years.

MarcoPogo 6 years, 7 months ago

The batteries in my Sarcasm Detector are low today; is this post a complete joke?

jesse499 6 years, 7 months ago

If he was the one that injured her you dam right.

Pastor_Bedtime 6 years, 7 months ago

The only reason she was injured, pimpin, is because he sliced her up. Do you treat the women around you like that, or do you just beat them?

justme2 6 years, 7 months ago

There's no "allegedly" about it. He was convicted and sentenced. This appeal is just a rich jacka** and his family trying to bend the justice system to their whims. He deserved everything he received, unlike his victim who didn't have a choice.

somedude20 6 years, 7 months ago

Wow! If that is a joke, it ain't funny. If you believe what you wrote, you need some psychotropic medicine stat! You believe the girl fell off of her bed and mangled her private parts in such a manner that they described it as unrecognizable? BS, your boy did it!

Kim Murphree 6 years, 7 months ago

Wow...I cannot believe anyone who listened to the case in court or saw the evidence could even suggest that this conviction had anything to do with class warfare. This kid is convicted because he was guilty of doing terrible things to this young woman. He is guilty and he needs to stay in jail for a LONG time.

pace 6 years, 7 months ago

You might change your name to Topekaguy. There you can slap your grandma around. I am sure it was her fault, your grandma didn't hand the cookie to you fast enough.

parrothead8 6 years, 7 months ago

You're seriously disconnected from reality on this one. Maybe you'd like to explain your theories on why Matthew Jaeger was prosecuted to the girl he almost killed.

ljwhirled 6 years, 7 months ago

Being rich isn't a defense (or shouldn't be).

This jerk beat the wholly hell out of his ex-girlfriend and was likely on his way to do something even worse.

Glad he was caught, convicted and imprisoned. Hopefully he will learn his lesson.

ebyrdstarr 6 years, 7 months ago

Jaeger was sentenced to the maximum amount he could receive as set by the legislature.

imastinker 6 years, 7 months ago

I bet they all involve the juror that was disqualified.

ebyrdstarr 6 years, 7 months ago

Posh facility? Have you been there? I have and posh is about the last word I would use to describe it. It's prison!

ebyrdstarr 6 years, 7 months ago

You take it quite wrong. From what I've seen, I'd say El Dorado is much nicer than Ellsworth. But I would never call any of them "posh."

ebyrdstarr 6 years, 7 months ago

Ellsworth is not a camp. People convicted of first-degree murder are at Ellsworth. Jaeger's status is low medium according to the DOC's offender database.

akt2 6 years, 7 months ago

Maybe the ER physician who treated the victim will be invited to the panel.

volunteer 6 years, 7 months ago

I watched a Douglas County trial last year in which a presumably non-poor physician was convicted and sent to prison, oletimer and consumer1. The case involved his two children, a baseball bat, and a wife fleeing naked down the street.

Perhaps a higher percentage of well-to-do folks realize they have too much to lose to commit prison-level crimes.

skinny 6 years, 7 months ago

For what all he did to that poor girl he should have gotten 40 years in prison! 106 months is a joke!! HE should be doing hard time!

Scott Morgan 6 years, 7 months ago

skinny, I agree 106 months is a joke unless the sentence really makes him serve the time.

Not only here, but seemingly everywhere in this nation prison sentences have such random meaning. 20 years, serve 5 then out on probation. Other times I read where creeps actually serve nearly the entire time.

I also realize time off for behavior is one of the only tools the good guys have in keeping the beasts in line.

8.5 years behind bars. He will be 35+ with employment limited.

Without naming names, who is the young lady doing?

LadyJ 6 years, 7 months ago

You might want to check that last line, don't think that is what you meant.

Scott Morgan 6 years, 7 months ago

my mistake, how is the young lady doing. My hope is she is regaining normalicy.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 7 months ago

this is a nearly worthless article.

first, it should have given the 8 items, and then given some evaluation or background on each.

second, more info on Jaeger's time in prison wouldn't hurt.

A guy was rushing an injured woman to the hospital and you think he deserves 20 yrs?!?!?!?!?!?

---trolling for responses? driving her to the hospital by driving the wrong way on 6th and passing hospital signs pointing against the direction of travel?

pretty obvious Jaeger and his buddy were hauling the victim out to the country to kill her and dump her body.

and yes, there is no alleged about it: he was convicted by a jury of his peers.

class envy? don't think so. LG40 probably got arrested properly by LPD and just carries a grudge.

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