District Attorney Working To Keep Repeat Offenders Behind Bars Longer

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

We've reported on Jack Stanley before. In January, he led police on a chase that caused an officer to crash. The next month, he was shot by a homeowner while trying to steal a truck.

On top of all that, he's responsible for a lot of burglaries in several counties.

"Into the tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution. That is no exaggeration, that they are sure he was tied to,” Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said.

Stanley's been in and out of prison since 1996. To keep him in prison a little longer this time, DA Marc Bennet worked with other counties and gathered up every case against Stanley. He then tried them all at the same time.

Stanley was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

"One case, one sentencing, one judge,” Bennett said.

That sums up the DA office's new philosophy toward property crimes, which, by law, don't carry heavy sentences by themselves.

"Most property crimes are going to carry a presumptive probation unless you have a tremendous criminal history. I mean lots and lots of person crimes in your history,” Bennett said.

That's where the new philosophy comes in. The idea is look at everything the defendant has done like outstanding warrants or pending cases.

"Whatever he's done put all those cases together, look at them one time,” Bennett said.

When you do that Bennett says you get much more severe sentences. It keeps serial thieves off the streets a little longer and hopefully cuts down on crime.

"When you take four or five or ten of these guys off the streets, yeah you are going to see a downturn in some of the property crimes,” Bennett.

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