Archive for Friday, November 16, 2012

Three teens enter pleas after series of Lawrence home burglaries this summer

November 16, 2012


Three Lawrence teenagers pleaded no contest Friday to a variety of charges related to several home burglaries in Lawrence this summer.

Two of the men will most likely be sent to prison, while another could be given probation as part of plea agreements with prosecutors.

Markcus T. Sanders, Ronnie Taylor and Cody A. Barnes, all 18, were arrested in September in connection with several July and August burglaries in Lawrence. The crimes occurred during a spike in such crimes, which prompted police to issue numerous warnings.

Here's a summary of each of the defendants' cases:

Sanders: Pleaded no contest to aggravated burglary and aggravated intimidation of a witness related to the July 15 burglary of a home in the 3900 block of West 10th Place. Four other counts in the case, related to other burglaries in Lawrence, were dismissed. The aggravated burglary conviction, the more serious of the two charges, is a level-5 person felony. Based on Sanders' criminal history, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of around 53 months in prison. Sanders is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 28.

Taylor: Pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated burglary related to a July 12 home invasion in the 1000 block of East 24th Street. Ten other charges in the case were dismissed. Based on Taylor's criminal history, he could be sentenced to between 50 and 55 months in prison. He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 28 as well.

Barnes: Pleaded no contest to four charges, including aggravated burglary, two counts of theft and burglary of an automobile. The aggravated burglary charge was related to the July 15 burglary Sanders also pleaded to. Seven additional charges in the case were dismissed. Based on Barnes' limited criminal history, he could be sentenced to anywhere from probation to two years in prison. He is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 4.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said Friday that he was pleased with the plea agreement.

"The desired outcome for a plea under these circumstances is increasing the defendants' criminal history and sending them to prison if possible," Branson said. "That was accomplished."


Matthew Herbert 5 years, 5 months ago

"prison, if possible"? Seriously? Lock 'em up. They have no respect for law and order in a civilized society.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 5 months ago

Whether they go to prison or not is largely based on the sentencing guidelines passed by the Kansas Legislature. If they don't, you can thank your Republican legislators who use criminal sentences and probation as a mechanism to control prison population numbers and prison costs.

Oh, but remember that the budget is under stress because of Brownback's tax breaks, so don't expect any changes that you'd favor.

Reuben Turner 5 years, 5 months ago

I can speak for ronnie and say he was raised right. the marcus home was bad and i don't know cody, but according to the hearing, he has had a bad home and up bringing. that doesn't excuse it, but it sure can explain some of it

Clint Church 5 years, 5 months ago

How the hell do you drop 10 charges just to get one plea. That's incredible.

AS 5 years, 5 months ago

It's very easy, they know that he did it but couldn't prove it!

bearded_gnome 5 years, 5 months ago

anybody know if Sanders is in the Sanders/Brockman criminal family of lawrence?

AS 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm sure he is but remember everyone has a few people in there family that isn't right so we shouldn't be a hypocrite about the whole family!

Rick Aldrich 5 years, 5 months ago

i had over $6,000.00 worth of stuff stolen right after i moved to Lawrence about 29 years ago and my case was dropped as part of a plea bargain. the piece of trash was caught with some of my items, admitted to selling my firearms to 2 separate pawn shops and my case got dropped. WTH? some things just don't change. AMEN to concealed gun laws. you open my door in the middle of the night and i promise your next one will be to heaven. send this useless idiots to prison and relocate the snitch.

Reuben Turner 5 years, 5 months ago

well i be... I think they got much need time considering their ages. Cody did get off easy though; maybe!! ronnie and marcus hopefully will learn something and start thinking seriously b4 acting; hopefully!! Hopefully if cody finishes high school if he gets off; 11th and 12th grade. all in all they are not that bad of kids, just some teenagers that have made some bad choices and having to pay for them. Don't drop the soap!!

kulawl 5 years, 5 months ago

Not that bad of kids? Really? They sound like pretty darn bad kids to me. Aggravated burglary and/or home invasions seem to rise above the level of "bad choices."

bearded_gnome 5 years, 5 months ago

thanks Missinlawrence and Cletus.
having this guy and chester brockman and the other bad seeds, that's one very messed up family indeed!
personally I think the DGSO/LPD should indeed practice profiling when it comes to them! the only way this sanders will go right is if he gets away from his family, away from lawrence, away from their other screwed up relatives down in louisiana or missippi or wherever the heck they are. otherwise, he'll just follow in his brother/cousin's footsteps.

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