PITTSBURG — A Parsons man was sentenced to more than two years behind bars for his part in a home invasion robbery in 2015.
LaRon M. Kelly, 25, was given 32 months in prison by Judge Kurtis Loy Monday after pleading no contest to aggravated burglary. He had additionally been charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and use of a communication device to facilitate a drug transaction. Those charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
Kelly’s attorney, Richard Smith had filed a motion for a sentencing departure which would have seen Kelly sentenced to probation.
Substance Abuse Counselor Jerry Davenport testified that Kelly had completed the inpatient program at ATC and “displayed a positive attitude” and had been active in his counseling sessions.
Vic Colvin, who had coached Kelly when he was younger testified that he believed he could help Kelly find employment should he be placed on probation.
Assistant County Attorney Reina Probert argued that not only had Kelly and co-defendants Ke’andre M. Sels and Charles Dixon come from Labette County for the express purpose of committing a crime, but that Kelly then fled to Texas where he was extradited.
In 2015 the three entered a residence in Pittsburg and robbed a pair of teenage boys of headphones, a safe, a 9mm Ruger handgun and two cell phones.
Moreover, Probert said, Kelly is believed to have pistol-whipped one of the residents — which Kelly denied.
In sentencing Kelly, Loy said he simply couldn’t allow Kelly to go free.
“Here’s my problem in this case,” he said. “You had no problem handling a firearm.
“Anyone who is willing to go in someone’s home with a firearm … is frightening to me. The use of the firearm is the swaying factor.”
Loy imposed the 32 month sentence and 24 months of post-release supervision, and ordered him to pay restitution and court costs at a total of $2,417.55. He was given credit for 432 days served in the Crawford County Jail.
Dixon had previously been sentenced to 66 months in prison in the same case.
Sels was sentenced to 32 months, suspended, and 36 months of community corrections — essentially an intensive form of probation.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.