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Man charged with domestic-battery murder


Police and prosecutors confirmed this afternoon that a 37-year-old woman who was punched and beaten with a stick in a domestic-violence incident during the weekend has died of her injuries.Linda Begay died Tuesay at Stormont-Vail hospital in Topeka. Her boyfriend of six years, Christopher Belone, has been charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping and obstruction. Belone is being housed in the Douglas County Jail with bond set at $60,000, but that is likely to increase as a result of the added murder charge.Dist. Atty. Charles Branson and Police Chief Ron Olin announced the charges during a press conference. Begay's kindergarten-aged son has been taken into protective custody. Police said they were called to Gaslight Village, 1900 W. 31st St., shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday after Begay went to an acquaintance's trailer, drank alcohol, went to sleep, and awoke to Belone beating her and dragging her out of bed. He beat her with a stick and dragged her to a car, but she was able to escape and call for help, police said.Police arrested Belone later in the day Saturday after finding him involved in an unrelated altercation in the 200 block of West 10th Street. The kidnapping charge stems from him allegedly pulling Begay into the car during the beating. Belone, 35, a manual laborer who has previously worked at a forklift service and at Amarr Garage Door Group, has a history of substance-abuse problems and violent crime. At the time of Saturday's incident, he was under an order not to have contact with Begay becaguse of a June 24 incident in which he was charged with battering her and another man. He was convicted of making a criminal threat for a case in 2004 in which he was kicked out of the Phoggy Dog bar near 21st and Iowa Streets and threatened to come back and kill people with an AK-47.In June 2003, he was charged with aggravated battery against Begay, but the charge was dismissed for lack of probable cause. He was convicted of battery on a law enforcement officer for the same incident and ordered to probation. In November 2001, according to a police report, a man suffered "multiple facial injuries and lacerations" after being beaten and kicked by Belone, who was upset because the man had contact with his girlfriend- apparently Begay, who was listed as a witness in the case. Belone was charged with aggravated battery, but the charges were reduced to simple battery as part of a plea agreement. He also was charged with domestic battery against Begay around the same time, but that charge was dismissed. Belone also has a 1996 conviction in New Mexico for aggravated DUI. He previously has been ordered to undergo anger-management therapy and substance-abuse treatment. "He reports the majority of his criminal history stems from continued alcohol abuse," a probation officer wrote last year.-Contributed by [Eric Weslander.][1] [1]: www2.ljworld.com/staff/eric_weslander


plady 11 years, 8 months ago

I know from experiance that the system fails when it comes to this type of crime I went threw it 2 times and all he go was Disorderly conduct and fines the first trial second trial court costs an fines, Its the person who decides his actions, an what the heck makes them think that probation and classes will fix the problem. mine went threw 8 anger management classes an 3 drug an alc. class he got worse...an to say for a women to just get out of it until you live in her shoes an know the situation do not pass judgement its easy for someone on the outside to say it but get the whole picture of what she has to do to get out of it, its not easy......

plady 11 years, 8 months ago

true that, but the system still needs to change because all he will do is get worse an move on to the next victim that falls under that same situation it needs to stop THE ONLY WAY THE VIOLENCE STOPS IS IF THE SYSTEM MAKES IT STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BY JAIL TIME...

monkeyhawk 11 years, 8 months ago

" Belone was charged with aggravated battery, but the charges were reduced to simple battery as part of a plea agreement. He also was charged with domestic battery against Begay around the same time, but that charge was dismissed."

Once again, Lawrence, Kansas --- a great place to be a criminal. I wonder which judge(s) allowed this guy to go free? Did Belone just have to say that he had a bad childhood to qualify for leniency?

It's time to actually judge and administer punishment rather than the same old touchy feely "give 'em another chance" mentality. I'm sure Ms. Begay's little kid would have appreciated having a mother come home to him.

Confrontation 11 years, 9 months ago

All of these idiots love to blame alcohol. Alcohol only gives an excuse for behaviors that they also show while sober. With his violent history, this jerk should have been taken off the streets a long time ago. The justice system ignores the abuse of women and lets the men walk around free as the women live in terror. When is someone going to wake up and do something?!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 8 months ago

"In June 2003, he was charged with aggravated battery against Begay, but the charge was dismissed for lack of probable cause. "

I strongly get the sense that the victim was quite accepting of his behaviors. Isn't "lack of probable cause" just code for "she wouldn't testify"?

And with a kid at home watching all this abuse and bad behavior. What a shame.

Steve Jacob 11 years, 9 months ago

Why is not 1st degree murder? The fact that he probally did not mean to kill her (opps innocent until..), he just was beating her up. But they had no problem going for 1st degree on the guy on trial right now, and that was very questionable, with the mother and all.

Centrist 11 years, 9 months ago

The SYSTEM is culpable in this one. They kept letting this creep have "plea agreements" and the such. They kept dropping charges. They kept letting him go - could they not see a pattern ?!?!

And as far as threatening everyone at the bar - isn't that a terroristic threat???

Once again, a victim of not only the actions of the perpetrator, but by the extremely BAD justice system! She had bad taste in men, sure - but the system was complicit in letting this a-hole back on the streets.

... and what will become of the child??

NotASquishHead 11 years, 9 months ago

Hmmm, 200 block of West 10th Street....

Once again a serious crime related to an Open Shelter "client"...

When is this city going to learn not to encourage the transients to stay in town...

trinity 11 years, 9 months ago

Centrist, amen to your post. i read that in an earlier case, he'd been pled down to a freakin' misdemeanor!!!! good lord.

so sad, so very sad. the whole darn thing.

egypt 11 years, 8 months ago

The article actully becomes interesting if you add in stick off butter (instead of just stick)

plady 11 years, 9 months ago

its sad when our judges keep slapping thier hands an letting them go until they kill someone, then thats when they will really punish them..the victims just get violated
again but worse threw the system. When will they help save the victims by doing something the first time because the system dosnt really protect the victims it protects the criminals because of the thier right swhat about the victims rights. I bet if the system did wht it really should in Douglas county like they do in other cities like K.C there would be allot less domestic violence....just think about it

Fishman 11 years, 8 months ago

????? So it's OK to beat your woman in Lawrence from the sound of it. My God, how did this guy stay out of jail for this long??? What a rap sheet. and that's just what they're telling us. Ya, she was sick for staying with him, and it looks like she was finally trying to get away, but that doesn't make it any less of a crime. Please keep him in there this time! Watch, the guy will get maybe 7 years tops.

Grundoon Luna 11 years, 8 months ago

Oh, and here's some irony: If the system forces women to arm them selves the are still screwed for protecting themselves. A woman who kills someone who had abused her for 15 years will get life, but a scumbag like this guy will get 7 and out in 4. Where's the justice? It is simply unbelievable!

Another interestng fact: A full two thirds, NEARLY 70%!!!!, of women who are murdered are killed by a current or former boyfriend or spouse.

a2thek 11 years, 8 months ago

Our laws are set up to protect and reward the guilty/criminal not the innocent. Everytime.

offbrand1 11 years, 8 months ago

This is a message for all the ladies out there:

If you are in a relationship where your man lays a hand on you in violence, it is your responsibility to take care of yourself and your child. You can use every social program or resource available to get yourself out of the situation and stay safe, but it's up to YOU to walk out that door. He is not to be pitied because of his bad childhood, his problems with alcohol or anything else that he uses as an explanation on why he's beating you. He will not change. Perhaps this woman thought it would- thought she could love him enough to change him. This never works.

Friends of women in violent relationships - if you see a man beat your girlfriend, call the police. Do NOT cover it up just to save the friendship. If you are worried about your friend getting it even worse for calling the cops, take her into your home and protect her.

Please don't let this happen to you or anyone you care about.

Grundoon Luna 11 years, 8 months ago

Murders such as these make me sick. Letting that animal cop all those pleas should NEVER have been allowed and he should have been locked up a long time ago!!! The system failed miserably here and now a woman is dead and her children, she has at least one more older child that I know of, have no mother. Those in the county judicial system that allowed this should BE ASHAMED!!!!

These abusing cowards have a pattern and woman need to catch on to it early when they are only being overly possessive and jealous. If he starts to isolate you from family and friends and verbal abuse escaltes RUN!! He'll interfere with your work to get you fired to make you as depedent upon him as he can, or he'll make you work and convince you that you can't live without him, your ugly and nobody else wants you. Then it's only a mater of time before he starts hitting. Once he's well established that he's in total control it becomes increasingly difficult to get out. It can be most dangerous to leave because he's most likely to make damn good on his threat to make sure no one else wlll have you if he really thinks you are gone for good.

These bastards know how to pick their prey, ladies, so don't be a mouse. Get your respect or give them the frickin' boot!! And don't look back or fall for any sob stories!! My first husband hit me, put a gun to my head even. I left and I swore I would never allow anyone to treat me like that again. I have flat out told guys, "If you want to put your hands on somebody it won't be me I because I will #&*^ up your life and you need to believe that. Straight up." They did believe that, we moved on to nicer things and I have not been hit by man since.

And back-off kitty kat!!! What kind of threats and intimidation did this @$$hole pull to get her to not cooperate with the prosecutors? Walk a mile, buddy, go one of her miles.

ThoughtLeader 11 years, 8 months ago

Oh give it a rest. The "system's fault"? Geeeezzz. Jail the guy long term in '96 for a DUI? Jail him long term for a fist fight he won in '03? The "system" tried to harness him in '04 but it looks like the victim shut 'em down. The "system" tried so hard to get this guy, according to the story, that he was actually convicted of getting drunk and screaming something about an AK-47 at no one in particular (terroristic threat...lol...get a grip).

Terrible, sad situation. One life gone and another one on its way to wasting in prison (or worse, as wished by marion).

I wonder if there were people who knew about this worsening situation, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers? What did THEY do about it? If there is a broken system, that would be it.

Steve Jacob 11 years, 9 months ago

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