Lawrence man charged in Parnell Park shooting is found guilty in lesser shooting case

Michael A. Hormell

A jury on Monday convicted a Lawrence man of criminal discharge of a gun at an occupied dwelling, according to a news release from the Douglas County district attorney.

Michael A. Hormell, 20, fired gunshots into a home in the 400 block of North Street on Jan. 24, 2018. Five adults and two children were inside, according to the release, but none was injured.

The same man has a case pending in which he’s accused of setting up a marijuana purchase at Parnell Park with the goal of robbing another teen, the Journal-World has reported.

The jury deliberated for about an hour prior to returning its verdict Monday, according to the release.

Hormell will be sentenced Sept. 24, and he faces 11 to 34 months in prison under Kansas sentencing guidelines. Judge Kay Huff will take his criminal history and other factors into consideration for his sentencing, according to the release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Deborah Moody and Christopher Coleman.

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In his pending case — a shooting that occurred just two days after the case in which he was convicted Monday — Hormell and his then-girlfriend, 19-year-old Ardyn D. Pannell, allegedly lured another teen to Parnell Park, 901 E. 15th St., saying they wanted to buy some pot.

When the teen got into Pannell’s truck, Hormell allegedly told the teen to give him the pot. The teen got out of the truck, a fight ensued and Hormell allegedly shot the teen in the chest. The 17-year-old victim was flown to a hospital in critical condition and later stabilized, the Journal-World reported.

Ardyn D. Pannell

Police found the couple shortly thereafter, and officers allegedly found a handgun with blood on the magazine in the black pickup they were in.

In that case, Hormell is charged with attempted second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and criminal discharge of a firearm, according to the news release. The allegations against him in the second case have not been proved in court.

He is scheduled to go to trial beginning Sept. 30.

Pannell was convicted Jan. 24 of this year of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, both felonies, and she is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15.

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