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20-year-old Lawrence man receives probation in robbery case

November 16, 2012

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A 20-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced Friday to a three-year probation term in connection with an Aug. 29 attempted robbery at The Reserve apartment complex, 2511 W. 31st St.

Garrett Paulson in September pleaded guilty to one count each of attempted aggravated robbery and criminal threat in the case.

Paulson and co-defendant Sterling J. Wilkins were accused of approaching three Kansas University students with a gun and demanding money and other property.

A struggle followed between Wilkins and a male student standing outside an SUV, and then Wilkins punched the victim and struck him on his head with the pistol, which fired into the ground.

Paulson faced up to three years in prison in the case, but Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel — in her decision to grant probation — noted that Paulson had been complying with drug and alcohol treatment requirements and had accepted responsibility for the crimes.

Wilkins pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated robbery and is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 28.

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jro4ku 1 year, 5 months ago

I might have thought the sentence was light too, if I hadn't been in the court room when he plead guilty. I was present to observe an unrelated case. I cried for this kid I'd never seen before. I thought his life was completley over before it started If you'd seen him, you may not be so quick to judge. A prison sentence would have been tantamount to the death penalty.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

the guidelines didn't force judge peggy kittel to give probation!

remember, we can vote on peggy kittel's retention. some of this is up to us too.

I wonder, did she also apologize for the inconvenience of bringing him into her courtroom too?

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neworleans 1 year, 5 months ago

Wow; light punishment................

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Lisa Rasor 1 year, 5 months ago

The judge and the D.A. can only enforce existing law. And they are further constrained by the sentencing guidelines.

If you do not like the laws and/or the sentencing guidelines, then the legislators are the ones you need to yell at.

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cheeseburger 1 year, 5 months ago

I cannot freaking believe it.

Why do we even bother to have a DA or judges in this county - let's just let everyone do whatever the heck it is they want to without consequences or ramifications. That's basically what's happening now.

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somedude20 1 year, 5 months ago

Wow...holy wow!!!!

So a robbery in which a gun was used to assault an individual and then said gun was fired during the course of the robbery and the assailant was sentenced to 3 years of hard probation....wow, stiff punishment.....hope the book didn't hurt him when it was thrown at him

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MarcoPogo 1 year, 5 months ago

What a surprising outcome...

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