Archive for Thursday, October 27, 2011

Soldier sentenced to two-year probation term in downtown knife attack

October 27, 2011


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.


DRsmith 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow, she really brought the hammer down with intense probation. That will teach him.

mae 6 years, 6 months ago

Picking up trash on the street would be too intense. Possibly another violation.

ebyrdstarr 6 years, 6 months ago

This sentence is exactly what the sentencing guidelines call for.

jafs 6 years, 6 months ago

Seems like an odd sentence for a "severe offense" involving a weapon.

ebyrdstarr 6 years, 6 months ago

I just wanted to make sure people understand this was the appropriate sentence per the guidelines, and not just some "soft on crime" judge being lenient. People often complain that our judges under-sentence people when they just follow the legislature's guidelines.

Gary Pomeroy 6 years, 6 months ago

I find it interesting the outrage at sentencing especially when the sentencing judge follows the sentencing guidelines that re promulgated indirectly by the legislature by delegating authority elsewhere. If you want sterner sentencing look to the legislature, not the judge who is following the law.

Gareth Skarka 6 years, 6 months ago

Outrage at the sentencing isn't surprising at all -- typical macho BS "tough on crime" posturing from wanna-be hardcases who have never seen a truly threatening situation in their entire lives.

somedude20 6 years, 6 months ago

Unless they give him a OTH discharge which he can petition to have upgraded (saw a young Army kid who did not get out of his schooling because he hated the Army and threatened to kill (not shoot) his Sgt and pointed his weapon at him. Got OTH and within a year had an honorable

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