Archive for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Judge orders man to serve probation for convictions

August 8, 2012


A Douglas County judge ordered a 32-year-old Lawrence man to serve intensive probation terms for convictions in three cases, including one in which he was accused of stealing a diamond ring in November 2011 from Hurst Fine Diamonds.

Brian N. McCoy had pleaded no contest in July to three cases, including felony theft in the diamond ring case. He also had pleaded no contest to misdemeanor criminal deprivation of property and two drug cases in two separate cases, according to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

District Judge Kay Huff reinstated a 12-month probation term for McCoy in a 2011 misdemeanor theft case and ordered him to serve two more consecutive 18-month probation sentences for other cases. He’s also required to pay more than $1,000 restitution.

He faces a 10-month prison sentence in the diamond ring theft case and 30 months in prison in the drug case if he’s found to violate terms of his probation.


cheeseburger 1 year, 8 months ago

That must be quite a 'border box' to be guilty of that much crime and still not serve time.

Guess maybe I will vote to not retain Huff.


jhawkinsf 1 year, 8 months ago

I'd give this guy a choice. Either serve your full sentence or forfeit his pinky finger. And should he get caught stealing in the future, another finger or another jail term. Eventually, things will work out.


Ceallach 1 year, 8 months ago

What community support does he have? ** obviously enough to influence the da and a judge


skinny 1 year, 8 months ago

Ya, that makes a lot of sense! The guy should be in prison!!


Shelley Bock 1 year, 8 months ago

Does this story tell us anything about the Probationer? What's his background? Why is he in trouble again? What are the chances of him being rehabilitated? What community support does he have? Did the DA's office oppose probation? What did the pre-sentence report say about this individual? What does his probation officer say?

We don't know anything about this information which goes into a judge's decision for continuing probation. If you want a computer to do your sentencing, then set up the program and have it crunch out the numbers. If you want a person, the judge, to make those decisions and try to do what is correct, then you can't complain unless you have access to all of the information.


somebodynew 1 year, 8 months ago

OK. You are caught for 3 cases. Let's put you BACK on the probation you were already on, but Golly, Gee, we are going to put you on TWO MORE probations. That ought to scare you.

Is he now on "Double Secret Probation" that people talk about??? It sure makes me feel safer knowing this criminal was given the 'what for' and probably won't do anything bad again.

And yes, I know it is cheaper, tax wise, to not incarcerate him, but is it cheaper to the community/business in the long run if he is out to continue his crimes??? Seems like we pay either way to me.


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