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Lawrence man sentenced to probation in September shooting of 16-year-old boy

January 21, 2016

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A Lawrence man who was scheduled to stand trial next week for a September shooting that sent a 16-year-old boy to the hospital has pleaded no contest and is currently under supervised probation.

On Sept. 18, Anthony Jermaine Taylor, 19, hit the victim in the side of the head with a handgun and shot him as he ran away, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Douglas County District Court. The victim's name was not released because of his age.

The victim was shot once in the left leg but was still able to escape. He was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and released the same day.

At the time of the incident the victim had been standing in his home parking lot in the 2100 block of Carolina Street with two friends, the affidavit says. Taylor wore a mask when he approached the three on foot.

The victim later identified Taylor, the affidavit says. The nature of their relationship, however, was not made public.

Anthony Jermaine Taylor

Anthony Jermaine Taylor

Taylor was arrested Sept. 19 and charged with felony aggravated battery. He pleaded no contest on Dec. 3.

A plea of no contest, as opposed to a guilty plea, means the defendant does not wish to contest the state's charges.

After a pre-sentence investigation Taylor and his attorney asked Douglas County Judge Robert Fairchild for a lesser sentence, according to a motion filed in Douglas County District Court. In light of Taylor's past criminal history and his potential for rehabilitation, the prosecutors supported Taylor's request.

On Jan. 12 Taylor was sentenced to serve three years in supervised probation followed by another three years of post-supervision with an underlying prison sentence of 45 months in the Department of Corrections.

During his probation Taylor was ordered not to consume drugs or alcohol, and he is subject to random testing, according to a motion filed in Douglas County District Court. He is also ordered not to have contact with the victim and must either further his education or get a job.

Taylor must also register as a violent offender for 15 years, the motion says.

If Taylor violates the terms of his probation, he could be ordered to fulfill his underlying prison sentence of 45 months.

Comments

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 5 months ago

Probation for shooting someone? And people wonder why we want to have a conversation about guns.

Bob Summers 2 years, 5 months ago

And people wonder why we want to have a conversation about guns.

With all do respect. Only "we" gun nuts think guns are the problem.

Mike Riner 2 years, 5 months ago

Automobiles kill many more people each year than guns. Why no attempt to curtail automobile ownership? It would make us all safer, wouldn't it?

Mary Lee Norris 2 years, 5 months ago

Automobiles are heavily regulated. People need a license to drive them and the car itself must be registered. If someone moves to a different state, they have a set period of time to register the vehicle in the new state. Every effort is made to ascertain proof of ownership--nobody goes to "auto swap meets" and sells cars under the table to people who can then use them without titling and licensing them.

Another point to think about: a vehicle's primary function is not to kill or injure--it is to provide conveyance. They are not manufactured to kill as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. Vehicles that cause death or injury because of poor manufacture are subject to recall and their manufacturers are subject to enormous fines as well as litigation on behalf of victims. Every vehicle model that rolls off the assembly line nowadays has undergone rigorous safety testing and has returned to R&D for modification if it didn't pass.

Regulations on vehicles have steadily risen over the decades, with present-day vehicles having safety features that save thousands of lives daily. Seatbelts, airbags, anti-roll engineering, antilock brakes, and countless other safety features that are now present would not be there if the federal government hadn't mandated them. The auto industry had to be forced to make each safety modification that came along. When you consider miles driven per person per annum, and the speeds at which we drive, the safety record for today's automobile is remarkably good.

Only an infantile paranoid would read a comment about "having a conversation about guns" and interpret it to mean that everyone's out to "curtail" your precious gun ownership. But it is high time firearms were stringently regulated and subject to the kind of oversight that exists for vehicles.

Bob Smith 2 years, 5 months ago

The rights of firearms owners have been eroding on the federal level since 1934. No more compromises that consist only of citizens giving up more of their right. Enough is enough. BTW, firearms are already stringently regulated. If you don't think so, borrow some machine tools and start making guns in your garage without getting the proper paperwork done. The ATF will be on you like a duck on a June bug.

Mike Riner 2 years, 5 months ago

Dorothy, I agree with part of your comment. Probation for shooting someone? Douglas County Kansas, where sometimes crime DOES pay!

Brock Masters 2 years, 5 months ago

The conversation that needs to be had is not about guns, but violent crime and lax sentences for violent crimes.

This sentence is ridiculous and that Judge needs to go.

Justin Hoffman 2 years, 5 months ago

Dorothy-- Perhaps your cries would be better off directed to the justice system, not guns. It appears your beloved Lawrence is weak on crime. No suprise there. Hope you get over your confusion on this matter.

Mike Riner 2 years, 5 months ago

Hey, "he" got probation because "he" didn't do anything wrong. It was the evil GUN that did something wrong, correct?

Justin Hoffman 2 years, 5 months ago

This is really going to bum the left out, the realization that not everyone on planet earth loves one another.

Paul Beyer 2 years, 5 months ago

Justin, simple fact. Not everyone on planet earth is a gun nut, at least not those of us with common sense and that are not paranoid.

Bob Smith 2 years, 5 months ago

You live in such a simple world, Paul. Anyone who disagrees with you is paranoid or an idiot. Have you ever had your wildly inflated self-esteem checked out by a professional?

Justin Hoffman 2 years, 5 months ago

On the flip side Paul, not all of us soil our britches at the mention of a gun, at least not those of us with common sense who understand a gun is not a living organism made up of cells.

Mary Lee Norris 2 years, 5 months ago

After your change your britches from the scary thought that someone is out to get your precious guns, think about the fact that "having a conversation about guns" does not mean that people think guns are living organisms making their own decisions. What it means is that many believe that firearm ownership should be WELL REGULATED--that the humans (some of whom have little more intelligence than the firearm itself) need to be subjected to a licensing procedure that includes background checks, competence and sanity screening, testing for knowledge of safety procedures, and should have to buy insurance for each firearm. A national registry should be in place so that a violent paroled felon or mentally unstable person can't leave one state and start legally amassing firearms in another.

Guns sold at shows or between private individuals should have to be registered, insured, etc., the same way vehicles are. Ammunition sales should likewise be regulated. People whose guns are stolen should be subject to prosecution for endangering the public. Can't figure out how to keep the guns you bought "for protection" from being stolen or used by a 3-year-old to kill her little sister by accident? Then you have no business owning them.

Oh--and about that "for protection" crap? Fantasy. A handgun bought for "personal protection" is far, far more likely to be used on a member of the household (by assault, accident, or suicide) than in defense against an actual criminal. Better go change those britches again. I know how terrified you folks are of statistics (unless they're bogus ones fed to you by the NRA).

Justin Hoffman 2 years, 5 months ago

Nothing but senseless babbling. You truly are clueless on the matter.

Brian Woods 2 years, 5 months ago

Paul if you had any common sense you would realize that a gun is an instrument just like a car or a knife. Its the person that's behind the instrument that should be held accountable.

Bob Smith 2 years, 5 months ago

Dude has some outstanding brow ridges going.

Theodore Calvin 2 years, 5 months ago

Notice Mary Lee made some VERY good points that none of the resident 2nd amendment posters have even tried to comment on. Just little one liner comebacks...

Bob Smith 2 years, 5 months ago

Not a Second Amendment issue here. The miscreant most likely could not own a firearm legally. Everything he did was illegal from the get go.

Justin Hoffman 2 years, 5 months ago

Those of us with common sense don't need to type paragraph after paragraph of useless words. Ever hear the saying, "they move their mouth but don't really say anything"? Very applicable here with the anti-gun nuts.

Richard Aronoff 2 years, 5 months ago

"In light of Taylor's past criminal history...."

Did the writer mean to say Taylor had no past criminal history? Because if he did have a criminal history he didn't get that gun legally. That alone deserved jail time.

Brian Woods 2 years, 5 months ago

He most certainly didn't get the gun legally. Last I was aware you had to be 21 to purchase a handgun.

David Reber 2 years, 5 months ago

Seems like mere probation is asinine for shooting someone. Actually, seems like the charge is lacking teeth as well. Point a gun at someone and pull the trigger? Sounds like attempted murder to me. Maybe poor marksmanship pays if you're a criminal.

No matter. Sooner or later, he won't miss. Then, the folks who like these wimpy prosecutions will try to solve the "gun problem" by banning some kind of scary-looking rifle that wasn't used in the crime.

Bob Smith 2 years, 5 months ago

Keep a cell ready for this miscreant. He'll be back before too long.

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