Archive for Monday, December 10, 2012

KU student pleads to three battery charges, sentenced to probation

December 10, 2012


A 19-year-old Kansas University student was sentenced to one year probation Monday after pleading no contest to three counts of battery stemming from an October incident.

Won Mo Kang was arrested Oct. 16 after allegedly damaging property, assaulting an acquaintance and preventing the person from leaving a residence. Kang had originally been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, but was charged with battery, criminal damage and criminal restraint.

Monday's no contest pleas were part of a deal with prosecutors.

As part of Kang's probation, he will also have to perform 50 hours of community service and obtain anger management counseling.


cheeseburger 5 years, 4 months ago

Criminal damage, assault, battery, and unlawful restraint = probation.


Gareth Skarka 5 years, 4 months ago

No priors = prosecutors saw this for what it was: student fight, where something got broken in the scuffle.

ebyrdstarr 5 years, 4 months ago

These are all misdemeanors. Simple battery is basically just touching someone without permission in a "rude, insulting, or offensive manner." Criminal restraint doesn't even have to involve physical contact or could just mean grabbing someone by the arm.

The crime names may sound bad, but probation is totally appropriate if you know the elements of these offenses.

ebyrdstarr 5 years, 4 months ago

How I would feel about punishing the person who committed crimes against me isn't relevant to a sentencing decision, or shouldn't be. (And, yes, I'm speaking as the victim of a crime here.) The idea of the sentencing guidelines is to remove personal whim from the decision and treat like defendants similarly rather than have their fates be decided by the luck of the victim draw. Because, yes, I would lean toward probation for the person in my life. That's just how I am.

We incarcerate people at a crazy rate in this country. It isn't good or cost-effective or wise. All I know of this case is that the prosecutors and judge who saw the facts saw it as fitting misdemeanors. For a misdemeanor, probation is the appropriate sentence. He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and agg battery, which the cops always do. I have personally seen people arrested on charges of felony agg battery that would carry a prison sentence of over 100 months where the alleged "great bodily harm" was a scrape to the nose. The cops arrest on the highest charge they can think of and let the lawyers sort it out. Since this guy was arrested on high level felonies, though, he spent a night or two in jail. I don't think any additional jail time would have any greater likelihood of scaring this guy into better behavior. Anger management and other probation services have a better chance of helping this guy behave appropriately than jail does.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 4 months ago

He should be made to pay for the costs of the police, prosecutors and court costs. Hit him hard in the pocketbook, rather than we the taxpayers. We the tax payers can then use the savings to subsidize his education at K.U.

Rick Aldrich 5 years, 4 months ago

What's the odds of this idiot being a good idiot from now on? ZERO

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