Lawrence man recently sentenced to 18 years in prison charged in 7th case since 2018

photo by: Dylan Lysen/Lawrence Journal-World

Michael A. Hormell, right, speaks to Judge Amy Hanley during a sentencing hearing in Douglas County District Court on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. His defense attorney, Shaye Downing, is pictured at left.

A Lawrence man recently sentenced to 18 years in prison, who also recently rejected a “global” plea deal to resolve four other criminal cases, saw another charge added to the list on Wednesday.

Michael A. Hormell, 21, was formally charged with aggravated intimidation of a witness in Douglas County District Court. The new charge marks Hormell’s seventh criminal case in Douglas County since 2018.

According to a charging document provided to the Journal-World, Hormell is accused of attempting to prevent or dissuade a witness or victim under the age of 18 from attending or giving testimony at a civil or criminal trial on June 16. The document does not name the alleged victim, but it shows that person is 15.

It’s unclear how Hormell allegedly committed the crime, as he was in Douglas County Jail custody at the time.

Deputy District Attorney Josh Seiden, who is prosecuting Hormell in other cases, did not provide any details in court. Additionally, a spokeswoman for the DA’s Office declined to provide any further information.

Judge James T. George set a $75,000 cash or surety bond for the case. The next hearing is scheduled for July 28.

However, if Hormell were able to post bond in the case, he would not be released from jail. He was recently sentenced to 18 years in prison for a conviction of aggravated robbery and attempted voluntary manslaughter, the Journal-World previously reported.

According to the police affidavit in that case, Hormell and his then-girlfriend, Ardyn D. Pannell, set up a drug buy with plans to rob the seller, another teen. However, the teen fought back and Hormell shot him in the chest.

At that sentencing, the judge cited Hormell’s “pattern of gun violence.”

Hormell was also previously convicted and sentenced to time served in a separate case in which a jury on Aug. 26, 2019, found him guilty of firing into a home in the 400 block of North Street on Jan. 24, 2018. Five adults and two children were inside, but nobody was injured, the Journal-World reported.

Prior to the new charge on Wednesday, Hormell was also facing four other criminal cases. He recently declined a global plea deal that would have resolved all four cases, two of which are for felony charges.

As the Journal-World previously reported, Hormell is facing a charge of criminal discharge of a firearm for allegedly shooting a shotgun at a home in the 700 block of Arkansas Street on Jan. 6, 2018. The case is scheduled for trial on Jan. 31, 2022.

He is also facing charges of aggravated robbery and criminal possession of a firearm for an alleged armed robbery in April 2020. That case is scheduled for trial on March 28, 2022.

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