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.


Liberal 5 years, 4 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.

mdfraz 5 years, 4 months ago

Monitoring is exactly what probation is. And if he screws up, he, like anyone else on probation, is still subject to serving the underlying jail/prison sentence. I think most people forget or don't even realize that probation doesn't mean you're "getting away with it". If you do what you're supposed to do, hopefully you get on a better path; if you don't, well, you had just delayed the inevitable jail time.

BlackVelvet 5 years, 4 months ago

Not in THIS county. I have heard of many persons on "probation" who went right back to their old ways and not one thing was done to them.

3up3down 5 years, 4 months ago

Technical school? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat, here in Lawrence? What a joke. Don't you know that it is the firm belief of the administration in USD497 that every kid in Lawrence public schools is going to college!! Wake up. There are lots of kids in the current classrooms that would thrive in a votech/technical school environment, but the current administration turns a blind eye!

JimmyJoeBob 5 years, 4 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".

mcallaigh 5 years, 4 months ago

What do you know? He's a kid. People are not simply just good or bad. Whether you like it or not people are products of their environment. There's a reason there's such a strong correlation between poverty/broken homes and crime/drugs. Besides prison time and hard line stances haven't exactly worked with the war on crime or drugs, have they?

newtongirl 5 years, 4 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.

newtongirl 5 years, 4 months ago

Don't forget the highest ex-con concentration in the city just a couple of blocks away. Good choice.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 4 months ago

The new homeless shelter has only been there for about two weeks. They have not had time to do all that. There has not been a storm since they have been out there. You must be thinking of a different place.

Tony Holladay 5 years, 4 months ago

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

Steve Jacob 5 years, 4 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.

kernal 5 years, 4 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.

fan4kufootball 5 years, 4 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.

JimmyJoeBob 5 years, 4 months ago


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

bearded_gnome 5 years, 4 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.

Mark Currie 5 years, 4 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..........

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 4 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.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.