Man ordered to 30 months in prison for Lawrence home-invasion robbery and shooting

photo by: Kansas Department of Corrections

Jermel Fleming

A judge sent yet another co-defendant to prison Friday for an armed home-invasion robbery in which a man was shot.

Jermel Fleming, 26, of Grandview, Mo., must serve 30 months, or about 2 1/2 years, in prison with a year of post-release supervision, Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin ordered Friday.

Fleming is the third of five suspects to be sentenced for his role in the incident. Earlier this month, he pleaded no contest and was convicted of one count of attempted robbery.

Fleming will serve his new sentence on the tails of an old sentence for a similar crime.

When he participated in the new Lawrence robbery, he was still on post-release supervision after serving prison time for aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and kidnapping he committed in 2010 in Douglas County, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records.

Prosecutor Eve Kemple read a statement from the victim about how the crime had affected him.

He said he still experiences “random sharp pains” where he was shot and cut open during surgery, and had high medical bills from being flown to and treated at the University of Kansas hospital.

“I’m terrified to step out of my house,” he said in the statement. “I’m always looking over my shoulder.”

The home-invasion robbery happened about 8:45 p.m. Dec. 20, 2017, at the victim’s apartment in the 4500 block of Wimbledon Drive.

The victim, then 21, told police that he’d been at home with his girlfriend and answered a knock at the door. Someone said “run that (expletive)” and a group of suspects with handguns barged in, some holding him and his girlfriend downstairs while others searched upstairs.

The robber who shot the victim was identified as Kayshunna C. Poindexter, of Lawrence, aka “Tink.” She was sentenced in October. Brian L. Smith, of Kansas City, Mo., also has been sent to prison.

Brian L. Proctor, of Lawrence, has entered a plea but hasn’t been sentenced. A case remains pending against Michael R. Smith, 28, of Kansas City, Mo.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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