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Michael Jones had just turned 29, but he was autistic and functioned at about the level of an 11-year-old. His mother said he never met a stranger.
When a robber walked into the BD Convenience Store at 1601 S. Hydraulic and demanded money last November, most customers backed away. Jones instinctively tried to reason with the man with the gun.
“He was simply walking up to him, trying to get him to make a better choice,” District Judge Faith Maughan said Thursday. “And for that he paid the ultimate price.”
A Sedgwick County judge has refused to order a new capital murder trial for a Kansas prison inmate serving a life sentence for the 2006 strangulation of 14-year-old Chelsea Brooks.
In a ruling filed with the court this week, District Judge Patrick Walters denied a motion filed by Elgin “Ray Ray” Robinson, who argued that his trial lawyers failed to provide him with an adequate defense. Prosecutors said the claim was groundless, and Walters agreed.
Robinson’s motion was filed under a state law that sets out the civil procedure that must be followed by inmates seeking to challenge their sentences after all appeals have failed. Such motions are rarely granted.
A former Wichita-area physician was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to more than six years in prison on federal firearm and drug charges, authorities said.
Lawrence M. Simons, 57, was also convicted of violating federal supervised release, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a prepared statement. A jury found Simons guilty in November on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of controlled substances.
In the trial, Grissom said, prosecutors presented evidence that in 2009 Simons — a former employee of the Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville — pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances. The following January, Simons was sentenced to two years in federal prison to be followed by three years on supervised release.
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