Archive for Friday, January 4, 2013

Lawrence teenager receives three years of probation for his part in summer burglaries

January 4, 2013


A Lawrence teenager received 36 months of probation Friday for aggravated burglary, theft, and auto burglary in a case that sent two other Lawrence teenagers to prison.

Cody A. Barnes, 18, was one of three teenagers convicted in connection with a string of burglaries over the summer. Judge Peggy Kittel pointed to his cooperation with police and lack of a criminal history in sentencing him to probation rather than prison.

The high school dropout with no stable home could have faced almost three years in prison for aggravated burglary.

In Barnes' sentencing Friday, Kittel told him a prison sentence "would make matters worse for you, and the community."

The other two teenagers convicted in the case were sentenced to multiple years in prison.

Ronnie E. Taylor, 18, was sentenced in December to 52 months for aggravated burglary, and Marckus T. Sanders was sentenced to five years for aggravated burglary and aggravated intimidation of a witness.

The differences in sentencing were partly due to criminal history and the defendants' level of cooperation, Kittel said. Taylor received the standard sentence for his crime, while Sanders received the maximum allowable under state sentencing guidelines.

The convictions were related to a July 12 home invasion in the 1000 block of East 24th Street and the July 15 burglary of a home in the 3900 block of West 10th Place. Several other charges against the defendants were dropped.

The three defendants are together responsible for $4,007 in restitution to the victims.


mikekt 1 year, 3 months ago

It is cheaper to keep them out of jail..........and give them, somehow, the skills to stay out of jail,.....unless you run or have stock in a private jail system, in which case you will loose money if a kid gets turned around.


grammaddy 1 year, 3 months ago

Job Corp would have been a good fit. A place to live, and the chance to earn his GED and possibly a trade.


eugunieum 1 year, 3 months ago

I do wish they had put something in there about finishing his education, GED, diploma completion, etc. A tech school like the one in Topeka or Salina might be useful too as was written above. I taught Vocational programs in USD497, and yes they often times get treated like ___. Some fellow "academic" teachers even look down their nose in 497 at those "shop teachers" who were too dumb to teach English, Math, Etc. Even though many of us had the hours or minors in such things. OK, done ranting, almost. One more thing. This guy is really lucky he didn't do a home invasion and run into a loaded shotgun..........


bearded_gnome 1 year, 3 months ago

normally I criticize the probation-only sentences for acts like this, but I can see the value in this, since his testimony was so useful, particularly in locking up a member of the sanders/brockman criminal family.
hope this Cody learns to keep better company.


JimmyJoeBob 1 year, 3 months ago


No Psychology degree I just personally know this individual and know his past. I guess I have a Common Sense degree.


fan4kufootball 1 year, 3 months ago

Everyone deserves a second chance. Cody - if your reading this - take advantage of the second chance and do good :) Be of help to others and not a hinderence. Work hard and be a productive citizen and not a burden on society.


kernal 1 year, 3 months ago

This is a last chance sentence to take a different path in his life. Hope for his sake he seizes the opportunity to do that.


Lynn731 1 year, 3 months ago

Probation, that will sure teach him.


Steve Jacob 1 year, 3 months ago

The DA isn't stupid. Guessing of the three, he was the one with the most hope of turning his life around. If he doesn't, oh well, he had his chance.


Centurion 1 year, 3 months ago

I hope Cody uses this opportunity to change his life for the better.


newtongirl 1 year, 3 months ago

"New shelter"? Are you referring to the one in East Lawrence where they don't maintain the lawn (tree branches lay in the yard weeks after a storm despite having hands on deck) and put out 5 barrels of trash a week? Oh, and don't forget about the 20 cars/day along the street so you can't even navigate around the corner. And the "no guns" sign in the window. Such a lesson in responsibility. It's no different than the places they left. The cops are there constantly.


JimmyJoeBob 1 year, 3 months ago

Should have sent him to prison. He will not change and it is only a matter of time before he commits another crime. He is "bad company".


mikekt 1 year, 3 months ago

Sentence him to attend a technical school and get a High School GED , so he can learn to earn, instead of stealing a living, would be a favor to everyone !

How about drug and alcohol group attendance ?

Viewing the company he kept ( and his job description ), I can not imagine that he doesn't or hasn't experimented himself into substance abuse issues, which can lead young adults into hanging with, or to becoming, "bad company" .


Rick Aldrich 1 year, 3 months ago

Good things come to those who snitch.


Liberal 1 year, 3 months ago

What....just turn him loose? I hope part of his probation is tons and tons of community service, maybe at the new shelter. Also I hope monitoring is involved.


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