Lawrence man sentenced to 19 years in prison for his second robbery in 15 years

photo by: Kansas Department of Corrections

Norris M. Hunter

A Lawrence man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for a 2017 aggravated robbery he committed with his brother.

Norris M. Hunter, 37, of Lawrence, was sentenced Friday in Douglas County District Court.

In addition to his prison sentence, Hunter will have three years of post-release supervision, according to Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to the Douglas County district attorney. She said Hunter would be credited for 698 days — or just under two years — he’s served in jail since his arrest in the case.

That’s above average for an inmate here; Hunter is currently among the five longest in-custody inmates at the Douglas County Jail, according to a previous Journal-World analysis and follow-up coverage.

Hunter already has served prison time for a past robbery, which he committed in 2004 in Douglas County, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records.

On March 6, 2017, Hunter and his brother entered an apartment at 2001 W. Sixth St. without permission and robbed two people inside at gunpoint, prosecutors have said previously. The brothers took wallets, keys, money and marijuana from the victims.

In December, a jury convicted Hunter of two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated burglary, felonies, as well as two counts of battery and one count of theft, misdemeanors. By entering a plea of no contest, he also was convicted of intimidating a witness, a misdemeanor.

Tavaras L. Hunter, 38, of Lawrence, took a plea deal in January and is now awaiting sentencing for his two felony convictions: aggravated robbery and aggravated battery.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd

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