Lawrence courts

Topeka man receives two life sentences for murders
February 28, 2014
A Shawnee County judge sentenced a 40-year-old Topeka man to consecutive life sentences for two murders that happened a dozen years apart, including one involving a body discovered in Douglas County.
28-year-old Lawrence man facing identity theft, felony drug charges
February 28, 2014
An early-morning car stop led to the arrest of a 28-year-old Lawrence man on suspicion of identity theft and felony drug charges.
Sentencing set for Lawrence man convicted of indecent liberties with a minor, criminal sodomy
February 28, 2014
A 42-year-old Lawrence man will be sentenced in April after pleading no contest Friday to charges of criminal sodomy and indecent liberties with a child. After the plea, District Judge Peggy Kittel revoked the man’s bond on Friday, which was previously $75,000, and scheduled his sentencing for April 18.
Topeka woman sentenced to 13 years for July 2013 murder of 51-year-old Lawrence man
09:31 a.m., February 28, 2014 Updated 10:49 a.m.
A Douglas County District Judge sentenced a 20-year-old Topeka woman on Friday to 155 months in prison for the July 2013 shooting death of a 51-year-old Lawrence man. By Stephen Montemayor
Trial set for man arrested after Presto armed robbery
February 25, 2014
A Douglas County District Judge found enough evidence Tuesday linking a 36-year-old Lawrence man to an early-morning armed robbery last month to set the case for a May 14 trial.
Olathe man pleads guilty to conspiracy in 2012 attempted robbery
February 21, 2014
A 22-year-old Olathe man who was one of three arrested after a botched December 2012 robbery attempt pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to commit robbery on Friday.
Former KU football player pleads guilty to felony robbery
February 21, 2014
Christopher S. Martin, a 22-year-old former Kansas University football player and one of four men arrested following a May 2013 robbery in west Lawrence, pleaded guilty to felony robbery on Friday after negotiations. By Stephen Montemayor
Additional charges expected against Lawrence man arrested following Feb. 14 shooting
February 19, 2014
A Lawrence man charged with attempted first-degree murder allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend’s head as she told the victim to meet him at a park where the shooting occurred, according to prosecutors. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence woman pleads guilty to felony forgery charges
February 18, 2014
A 43-year-old Lawrence woman pleaded guilty to three counts of felony forgery for using another person’s checks at area businesses last month.
Police: Defendant said drinking, chair throwing preceded Christmas Day stabbing death
12:58 p.m., February 14, 2014 Updated 05:21 p.m.
A Lawrence woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death on Christmas morning told police investigating the case that he had been drinking all night and threw a chair at her before she stabbed him twice, according to court testimony Friday. By Stephen Montemayor
Hearing in Ottawa quadruple homicide case reopened to public, moved to next month
February 12, 2014
A Franklin County judge has granted a request from state prosecutors to reopen an evidentiary hearing in the capital murder case of a man accused of killing four people, including an 18-month-old child, in rural Ottawa last year.
Memorial service planned for homicide victim Harold Sasko
February 10, 2014
Friends of Lawrence homicide victim Harold Sasko, 52, are planning a memorial service for him this weekend. Since Sasko’s body was discovered inside his house on Jan. 17, a 19-year-old woman who lived with him has been charged in his death. By Sara Shepherd
Topeka man sentenced to 15 months in prison for theft
February 7, 2014
A 48-year-old Topeka man was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison on charges stemming from the theft and unlawful use of a credit card in Lawrence in August 2013.
Lawrence man sentenced to 3 years of probation for role in armed robbery
February 7, 2014
A Douglas County district judge opted for probation in sentencing a 19-year-old Lawrence man, in jail since July, following an arrest for his role in an armed robbery last spring.
Prosecution seeking ‘Hard 50’ for Lawrence murder suspect McLinn
February 3, 2014
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says the state will seek a “Hard 50” sentence if Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, the 19-year-old woman accused of killing 52-year-old Lawrence resident Harold Sasko, is convicted of first-degree murder.