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Lawrence man indicted on federal gun charge after several local arrests

July 10, 2013

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Kansas prison photo of Geoffry Scott Beers

Kansas prison photo of Geoffry Scott Beers

A 38-year-old Lawrence man, already facing multiple criminal prosecutions in Douglas County, was indicted today on a federal gun charge.

A grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., has charged Geoffry S. Beers with illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Beers also faces numerous theft and drug charges in Douglas County.

The indictment alleges that Beers possessed a .380-caliber Ruger pistol in October. Beers is a convicted felon with a criminal record reaching back to the late 1990s, including convictions in Douglas County for robbery and drug offenses involving cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine, and a Sedgwick County conviction for escape from custody.

Meanwhile, Douglas County prosecutors have charged Beers with many offenses this year, beginning with a January incident in which Beers and his brother were arrested on suspicion of abandoning a still-moving stolen truck and leaving the scene of an accident outside Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa St.

Since then, Beers has been charged with other drug offenses, as well as theft, making false information and burglary.

In June in Douglas County District Court, Beers was visibly surprised to find himself charged with aggravated burglary in connection with an alleged shoplifting attempt at a Lawrence grocery store. Douglas County prosecutors said they used the law creatively to charge Beers with the more severe felony, noting that he had been arrested and charged many times for misdemeanor theft.

Because Beers had been banned from the store, entering it with the intent to steal while others were inside technically met the state statute for aggravated burglary, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said. That elevated a misdemeanor — usually punished by a citation — to a felony that could bring up to 17 months in prison.

"We're using the system, too," Branson said.

Now, charged in federal court, Beers could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the gun charge. He remained in Douglas County Jail today, with bond set at $20,000.

Comments

Fred Mertz 1 year, 5 months ago

Throw the book at him. This is the kind of gun control I support 100%.

somebodynew 1 year, 5 months ago

Couldn't happen to a more deserving fellow. Hope he gets time in BOTH systems, one after the other.

Liberty275 1 year, 5 months ago

It sounds like he blew a lot of chances. I hope they afford him a competent attorney.

Jean Robart 1 year, 5 months ago

Some people never learn. As a convicted felon, it might behoove authorities to check just how he got the firearm. Somebody either dropped the ball big time, or maybe he lied on his application.

KISS 1 year, 5 months ago

Uhh, or since he is a career thief, I'm going to go out on a limb and say he likely stole said gun.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

"... cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine, ..."

---a Beers chaser.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

In June in Douglas County District Court, Beers was visibly surprised to find himself charged with aggravated burglary in connection with an alleged shoplifting attempt at a Lawrence grocery store. Douglas County prosecutors said they used the law creatively to charge Beers with the more severe felony, noting that he had been arrested and charged many times for misdemeanor theft.

Because Beers had been banned from the store, entering it with the intent to steal while others were inside technically met the state statute for aggravated burglary, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said. That elevated a misdemeanor — usually punished by a citation — to a felony that could bring up to 17 months in prison.

---glad to see Branson actually being creative and agressively charging.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

this guy has a long history of offenses in North Lawrence. glad to see he's going away for a long time.

purplesage 1 year, 5 months ago

"creative" use of the law?? One of the major problems with our legal system is that nothing is straight forward and honest. It needs to be simplified. Running up charges only to dismiss them in a 'deal" has little concern for honest justice and even less for reform or "corrections" as our society is want to call the system that is failing us miserably.

I know I'll get scalded by all the throw the book ath im crew; charges need to be honest, penalties fair, and wheeling and dealing and lying and cheating by the authorities stopped.

Maracas 1 year, 5 months ago

I would tend to disagree. Without the existence of the plea bargain, our courts would be completely overwhelmed by the number of trials. Without the ability to plead to strike a better deal, a defendant would have little reason to avoid a trial. Trials are costly and time consuming. With the number of judges in Douglas County alone, the system would be brought to a stand still if all cases went to trial. Without the ability to plead in a deal, nearly everything would go to trial, each of which can last for several days and each of which require jurors.

Liberty275 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm for throwing the book at him, but you are right about this "creative justice" they seem to be embracing with the aggravated burglary charge. Put me on that jury and see how far it gets.

Fred Mertz 1 year, 5 months ago

I said throw the book at him, but I agree with you. Be honest, straight up and no getting creative with the law.

anotherview 1 year, 5 months ago

How can the federal government charge him with possessing a firearm? I thought federal agents no longer had any authority to do this in Kansas. Isn't that what Gov. Brownback signed into law a few weeks ago?

Stuart Sweeney 1 year, 5 months ago

Please don't call this person a man. I am a man who works and supports my family and community, this person is an oxygen stealing thug.

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 5 months ago

My dad used to say that 10% of the people commit 90% of the crime. It seems to me like when we are lucky enough to nab one of those "10%'ers" we ought to throw away the key for the benefit of the 90%.

LawrenceVeteran 1 year, 5 months ago

He made his choices. Now he has to pay the penalty.

rtwngr 1 year, 5 months ago

Is this guy related to Chad Beers that was involved in that interstate kidnapping back in the 90's?

LawrenceVeteran 1 year, 5 months ago

Stricter gun laws do not stop criminals. Chicago is the prime example of this. In city's where law-abiding citizens are not allowed to own a firearm, Gun related violence has spiked. Criminals do not follow laws, period.

kernal 1 year, 5 months ago

Another Beers family reunion coming up in prison. I think some people would be surprised, or maybe not, by the numer of crimes committed in Douglas County by generations of the same few families. Guess they found their niche in society and are deigned to fill it.

ksjayhawk74 1 year, 5 months ago

I thought that the state of Kansas had passed a resolution to protect criminals from Federal persecution of guns laws.

KISS 1 year, 5 months ago

While I have no clue of what resolution you are speaking of, perhaps there was a caveat that stated it did not apply to individuals who are convicted felons.

Clickker 1 year, 5 months ago

What a fall from grace...I remember watching this guy play with his band only a few years ago. Was very good.

Heather Terry 1 year, 5 months ago

geoff has been in and out of prison his whole life! I dont know if he even has any knowledge of playing an instrument let alone be in a band

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