Archive for Monday, July 23, 2012

Topekan pleads no contest to shooting a bouncer at Taste Lounge

July 23, 2012


A 20-year-old Topeka man pleaded no contest Monday to shooting a bouncer at a former Lawrence bar last March.

Dante Marcus Fields had faced an Aug. 1 trial on aggravated battery, theft and possession of marijuana charges, but prosecutors on Monday amended the case to one count each of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Terrance Fowler, 30, of Lawrence, testified at an April preliminary hearing that he received treatment for a bullet wound on the left side of his abdomen after a struggle with Fields about 1:30 a.m. March 17 in the parking lot outside the former Taste Lounge, Bar and Grill, 804 W. 24th St.

Prosecutor David Melton, a chief assistant district attorney, said Fowler confronted Fields in the parking lot for stealing a tip jar from the bar. Fields eventually pointed a handgun at Fowler and shot him during a physical struggle.

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

Melton said prosecutors at the Aug. 27 sentencing would ask District Judge Kay Huff to sentence Fields to serve 21 months in prison based on his criminal history. Under the terms of the plea agreement, defense attorney Tom Frost can ask Huff to grant Fields probation. After the shooting and other incidents at Taste, the city sought to revoke the owner’s liquor license, which he later surrendered, although a state regulator eventually revoked it as well.


flyin_squirrel 5 years, 11 months ago

How come no comments on Taste reopening with a new name? I noticed on the police shift report that Friday night there were 14 police units at that location at 1:30 in the morning. Someone on the Taste payroll at the LJWorld now?

iron_outlaw 5 years, 11 months ago

Wow, steal something and shoot someone then end up with the possibility of probation. No wonder why there are so many criminals.

riverdrifter 5 years, 11 months ago

"Topekan pleads no contest to shooting a bouncer..."

Now there's a resume builder for ya.

Alexander Smith 5 years, 11 months ago

humm and the NRA says we don't need gun control and more indepth background checks. Not saying this would not of happend but there is a higher chance that it wold not of happened.

flyin_squirrel 5 years, 11 months ago

Wouldn't change a thing. Do you really think people like this buy their guns at a place like Cabella's?

nekansan 5 years, 11 months ago

If there is one problem with guns it's that people that use them in an irresponsible manner don't face much stiffer penalties for it. This guy shoots a person while allegedly robbing the bar and he gets less than 2 years. In general I'm not in favor of gun laws, but I think we should take a zero tolerance approach for anyone who violates existing laws with respect to guns. If you can't responsibly own and use a weapon you should no longer be allowed to own one. This includes hunting, assault, threats etc. Use a gun responsibly and in compliance with the law, or loose the right to use/own them permanently.

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