Douglas County DA to appeal convicted rapist's probation sentence

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Douglas County District Attorney says she will appeal the sentence of a convicted rapist. A judge suspended a 115-month prison...

November 2, 2022
10:04 AM

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Douglas County District Attorney says she will appeal the sentence of a convicted rapist. A judge suspended a 115-month prison sentence for 23-year-old Ray C. Atkins, Jr., of Lawrence. The decision means Atkins will serve five-years probation instead of time behind bars, as long as he follows the terms of the sentence. Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez says she does not agree with the sentence, and in this case, there is something she can do about it. 'Sentencing is left to the sole discretion of the judge but Kansas law provides a narrow set of circumstances under which the State is authorized to appeal a district court's rulings,' District Attorney Valdez said.

Heidi Schmidt