Crime of the Week - Wichita and Sedgwick County
Shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, two people burglarized Target at 301 S. Towne East Dr. They broke out the front glass doors and went directly to the electronics section. The pair broke into display cases taking iPods, iPads, digital cameras and laptop computers. They left through the rear fire doors. Loss was estimated at several thousand dollars.

Both suspects had their faces covered and carried bags. Suspect one wore all dark clothing; suspect two wore light colored pants and a dark shirt.
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A Butler County judge on Monday is expected to decide whether a former Augusta police officer convicted of a sex crime involving a 14-year-old girl will be subject to lifetime post-release supervision.

Jerry Dale Ballinger, 45, was ordered to 59 days of house arrest, 60 months’ probation and sex offender treatment when he was sentenced April 7 on one count of attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child. But the judge delayed ruling on the lifetime post-release supervision portion after the defense filed an objection “based on a constitutional argument” to its application in Ballinger’s case, Butler County Assistant Attorney Cheryl Pierce said Friday.

Kansas law requires certain sex offenders be supervised in the community for the remainder of their lives after serving the incarceration portion of their sentences. A person subject to lifetime post-release supervision could face life in prison if he or she is convicted of a new crime.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:06 CDT

Vat Khamvongsa, 24, said he was tagging along with a childhood friend on Aug. 4, 2012, when he found himself among a group of Asian Boy gang members. They forced their way into a home at 830 S. Erie, and one of them cut Pheng Xiong’s throat. Khamvongsa was charged with first-degree murder.

Emmalynn Spencer, 18, spent the night of March 30, 2013, with four other young adults partying in Old Town. Early the next morning they drove to a field southeast of Wichita where one of them shot former South High football player Jordan Turner to death. Spencer was arrested and released without being charged.

Last year prosecutors filed charges in 11 homicide cases involving multiple murder suspects – as many as in the previous three years combined – and many of those cases are now working their way through the court system. Defendants in two of those cases are scheduled to stand trial this week.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:13 CDT

A Wichita man who was a registered sex offender at the time he committed sexual crimes against a 14-year-old girl was given two life sentences Friday.

Sedgwick County District Judge Bruce Brown handed down the sentences for Gerrian Green, 32, for criminal sodomy and sexual exploitation of a child, District Attorney Marc Bennett said in a news release.

Brown ordered the sentences to be served consecutively and without the possibility of parole. Green was sentenced under the state’s aggravated habitual sex offender law, a Bennett spokesman said.

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