Lawrence courts

Man sentenced to probation in botched robbery
April 4, 2014
A 22-year-old Olathe man shot during a botched robbery attempt in 2012 was sentenced to one year probation in Douglas County District Court Friday.
Former KU football player Christopher Martin sentenced to 3 years of probation for May 2013 robbery
01:58 p.m., April 4, 2014 Updated 02:43 p.m.
A former four-star defensive end who transferred to Kansas University last year — but left without playing a game after a robbery arrest — was sentenced to three years of probation Friday in Douglas County District Court. Christopher S. Martin, 22, of Oakland, Calif., struggled to speak as he addressed District Judge Paula Martin, taking responsibility for his role in a May 2013 west Lawrence robbery. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence man found guilty on child porn charges
09:43 a.m., April 4, 2014 Updated 03:02 p.m.
A jury found a 46-year-old Lawrence man guilty Thursday of 14 counts of sexual exploitation of a child for charges stemming from a 2012 arrest. Michael James Limburg was booked into Douglas County Jail and is awaiting sentencing following the verdict, which came after four days of trial. Limburg had been free on a $50,000 bond.
Judge: Lawrence businessman facing up to 172 months in prison for securities fraud
April 2, 2014
A Lawrence businessman charged with securities fraud earlier this year made his first appearance in court Wednesday, where a Douglas County judge read the charges against him.
Lawrence man sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for weapon, theft charges
April 1, 2014
A 36-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison in connection with leading police on an interstate pursuit and possessing a stolen gun and vehicle last year.
Topeka man sentenced to 67 months in federal prison for Club Magic shooting
April 1, 2014
Steven Michael Gigger, 30 of Topeka, was sentenced to 67 months in federal prison in connection with a May 2013 shooting outside Club Magic. Gigger pleaded guilty in federal court in October to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Ottawa woman who conspired with mother in prescription drug ring sentenced
March 31, 2014
An Ottawa woman who teamed up with her mother to illegally sell prescription drugs was sentenced Monday to two and a half years in federal prison.
Tension normal with largely troubled population at shelter, but procedures aim to keep violence at bay
March 31, 2014
Convicted criminals, drug addicts, the mentally ill and people with none of those problems all sleep under the same roof at the Lawrence Community Shelter. That’s part of homelessness, and tension is a given, the shelter director says, but procedures are in place that typically are effective in minimizing crime and deescalating situations like the recent stabbing. By Sara Shepherd
75-year-old man sentenced to probation for child endangerment
March 28, 2014
A 75-year-old man was sentenced to one year of probation Friday after he pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated child endangerment earlier this year in a plea agreement.
Alleged conspirator of 2012 botched home invasion sentenced to probation
March 28, 2014
Alexander C. Eftekhar, 23, was sentenced after being found guilty of attempted aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated burglary in January. Eftekhar had been charged alongside Connor McKenzie Mayhan and Andrew Michael Johns in connection with a botched home invasion in the 1200 block of New Jersey Street in December 2012 during which a firearm was discharged and struck Mayhan.
Lawrence woman pleads not guilty in Christmas Day stabbing death
11:53 a.m., March 28, 2014 Updated 04:06 p.m.
It is too early to tell whether Marci D. Cully, the Lawrence woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death early Christmas morning, will go to trial, her attorney said Friday.
Voter rights groups appeal Kansas citizenship ruling
10:25 a.m., March 28, 2014 Updated 01:35 p.m.
Voting rights groups filed an appeal Friday of a judge’s order that federal election officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce state laws requiring new voters to provide documentation proving their U.S. citizenship. A court filing sent to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenges a ruling earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita. Melgren had ordered the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to immediately modify a national voter registration form to add special instructions requiring proof of citizenship for Kansas and Arizona residents.
Huelskamp response: Douglas County DA acted appropriately in inquiry into email NCAA ticket contest
March 27, 2014
In a response to an inquiry by the Douglas County district attorney into an email contest thought to have violated a state lottery law, Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s campaign backed away from suggestions of prosecutorial misconduct.
Murder retrial for Martin Miller to be scheduled in May; bond set at $250,000
March 27, 2014
A date for the retrial of a 2004 murder case is still at least more than a month away as Thursday’s trial setting in the case of Martin K. Miller was continued to May 1. Last month, the Kansas Supreme Court overturned Miller’s conviction based on an incorrect jury instruction. Miller, a former carpenter and Christian school leader in Lawrence, was convicted of first-degree murder for the July 28, 2004, death of Mary Miller, 46, at the family’s central Lawrence home.
Attorney: Sarah McLinn ‘has never denied’ killing former boss Harold Sasko; May preliminary hearing set
March 27, 2014
From the moment Lawrence police contacted her after she was found in Florida, Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn has never denied killing Harold Sasko, the 52-year-old Lawrence businessman found dead at his home in January, her attorney says. By Stephen Montemayor