Archive for Friday, November 8, 2013

Topeka man sentenced to three years in prison for May shootings in Lawrence

November 8, 2013


Erick Shakeel Smith

Erick Shakeel Smith

A Douglas County District Court judge on Friday sentenced a Topeka man involved in a May shooting in Lawrence to three years in prison.

Erick S. Smith pleaded guilty in September to two counts of aggravated battery in connection with an early-morning shooting on May 19 in the 800 block of Greever Terrace.

Smith shot two men during a fight that involved several Topeka residents who had just left Club Magic, a nearby nightclub, according court testimony in July.

On Friday, Judge Paula B. Martin determined that the crime was committed with a deadly weapon and also gave Smith 172 days credit for jail time already served. Smith was sentenced to 36 months for the first count of aggravated battery and 32 months for the second, with the latter sentence to be served concurrently with the first. Smith's jail sentence will be followed by two years of post-release supervision.

Smith was arrested in Shawnee County one day after the shooting alongside Steven M. Gigger, also of Topeka. Gigger is facing federal gun charges for his role in the incident, in which two other Topeka men — Tommy D. Andrews and Michael A. Holford — were shot.

Andrews testified in a July pretrial hearing that he and his brother, Michael, were "caught in the middle of a lovers' quarrel" between their sister and Gigger. Andrews said he and his brother were shot by a person riding in a car with Gigger after their sister confronted Gigger.


Scut Farkus 5 months, 2 weeks ago

In less than 2 years this guy will be back on the street and will kill someone. Then we will all sit back and wonder how this came to being. He shot and tried to kill 2 people. He should be in jail for at least 20 years. We put drug users in jail for longer periods and let the real threats to society out as soon as we can. Something is wrong with our courts.


Beer Guy 5 months, 2 weeks ago

How is shooting someone aggravated battery and not attempted murder?


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