Archive for Monday, August 27, 2012

Topeka man sentenced in Lawrence shooting

August 27, 2012


A 20-year-old Topeka man who pleaded no contest in July to shooting a bouncer outside a former Lawrence bar was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison.

District Judge Kay Huff ordered Dante Marcus Fields to serve the prison term for the March 17 shooting in the parking lot outside the former Taste Lounge, Bar and Grill, 804 W. 24th St.

Fields pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated assault and aggravated battery. Prosecutors said the bouncer Terrance Fowler, 30, of Lawrence, confronted Fields in the parking lot for stealing a tip jar from the bar. Fields pointed a handgun at Fowler and later shot him during a physical struggle.

Lawrence police arrested Fields in a vehicle in west Lawrence minutes later and recovered the gun he had thrown out of the car’s window.

Fowler received treatment for a bullet wound on the left side of his abdomen.


bootlegger 1 year, 7 months ago

thats it? 21 months for shooting an unarmed person? jeeeez; only in kansas............


cletus26 1 year, 7 months ago

well i be... he work for every minute of his sentence


purplesage 1 year, 7 months ago

In there interest of tolerance, there were 17 beheaded by some extremeists of a particular world religion for friviolity and partying according to NPR. Ever notice that almost all of this stuff starts at a bar? He would have gotten more time for writing a bad check.


Matthew Herbert 1 year, 7 months ago

I sure hope the $35 he got from the tip jar was worth the next 2 years of his life. I'm sure celebrating your 21st birthday in prison is awesome.


Fatty_McButterpants 1 year, 7 months ago

Those punk-band girls were brought up on charges for criticizing Putin's government, so, if you want people here to serve time for political persecution then by all means, use that as an example. As for whether they could prove "the dude had the gun," try re-reading the article and understanding what a plea of no contest means, as well as what an aggravated battery charge encompasses.


MacHeath 1 year, 7 months ago

Those punk band girls in Russia got 2 years for hooliganism! Soo, they couldn't prove the dude had the gun?


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