A Douglas County judge Thursday sentenced a 20-year-old Fort Leavenworth solider to serve two years on probation for his involvement in a December fight in downtown Lawrence in which a 20-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man was stabbed.
Christopher J. McCallum pleaded guilty in September to attempted aggravated battery in the case. Originally he was charged with aggravated battery. McCallum had no prior convictions, making him eligible for probation.
“Community corrections is a more intensive supervised probation,” District Judge Sally Pokorny said. “The reason for that is because this is a severe offense.”
Douglas County prosecutors accused McCallum of attacking the Kansas City man with a knife around 1 a.m. Dec. 5, 2010, near Seventh and Massachusetts streets. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, police had said.
Police were called to a large fight in the street early that morning. McCallum’s initial attorney in the case had said the victim in the case had attacked two of McCallum’s friends that night, but prosecutors disputed that.
If McCallum is found to violate terms of his probation he could serve 18 months in prison. He will also be required to pay $14,428 in restitution and other court costs and fees. He is also barred from using alcohol and drugs while on probation.