Four-hour crime spree results in 15-year prison sentence
04/12/2013 4:44 PM
08/08/2014 10:16 AM
A Wichita man who committed 20 felonies during a four-hour crime spree in 2009 was sentenced Friday to 15 years and four months in prison.
Darrius Shugart, 21, was convicted by a jury in February of charges that included two counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated burglary, one count of aggravated robbery, two counts of attempted aggravated robbery and four counts of aggravated assault.
Wichita police said the crime spree began about 7:20 a.m. on Sept. 27, 2009, when Shugart abducted a 13-year-old boy at gunpoint and drove around for half an hour before dropping him off at Robinson Middle School.
Police said Shugart then drove to west Wichita where tried to rob an acquaintance at Mount Carmel Village apartments at 3000 W. Douglas, fired a shot at a passing vehicle near Friends University, tried to rob a woman he followed to her home in the 600 block of South Edwards, and then threatened a tire store clerk at gunpoint after asking how much it would cost to get a new set of tires.
Shugart was arrested near 13th and Oliver about 11:30 a.m. after a police officer spotted his car and caught him after a short foot chase.
District Judge Joseph Bribiesca imposed individual sentences that would have amounted to more than 48 years in prison, but state sentencing laws say a defendant convicted of multiple crimes cannot receive a sentence of more than twice the amount imposed on the most serious charge. In Shugart’s case, the most serious charges were the kidnapping counts, which both resulted in 92-month sentences.
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