Archive for Monday, March 5, 2012

Atchison man pleads no contest to aggravated battery in Lawrence

March 5, 2012


A 22-year-old Atchison man Monday pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated battery in connection with a June incident in which a Lawrence man was injured.

Joshua W. Downing, who attends college in Kentucky, is expected to qualify for probation unless he has two or more felonies committed against a person on his criminal record. He was arrested on June 30 after a Lawrence man was injured during a 2:30 a.m. confrontation in the 500 block of West 19th Street.

David Melton, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney, said Downing believed the man and his group of friends who were walking in the area had disrespected him. Downing was a passenger in a car that was driving by, and his friend stopped the car so they could confront the group.

Melton said Downing was accused of swinging at the Lawrence man intending to strike him in the face. According to testimony at a December preliminary hearing, the Lawrence man suffered a head injury and was bleeding.

Downing will also be required to pay restitution in the case. His sentencing is scheduled for March 15.


consumer1 2 years, 1 month ago

" friends who were walking in the area had disrespected him." What a load of BS. Disrespected him how? Showed lack of respect for his sence of self entitledment?


somedude20 2 years, 1 month ago

he should fight himself for being a tool


grimpeur 2 years, 1 month ago

He should have struck the victim with a car. Then he could say he didn't see him. Or he didn't mean to. Seems to work here.


jhawkinsf 2 years, 1 month ago

Probation. That will teach him. My one experience with restitution was that the individual didn't pay. And when I asked the probation officer about that, he looked at me as if I were speaking a foreign language. I was told point blank that restitution wasn't going to happen, no matter what the judge said. (that said, it was in another state and I'm not sure it works that way here)


ksjayhawk74 2 years, 1 month ago

Well what else are you supposed to do when you think someone you pass on the street disrespects you? Just keep driving and let it go?


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