On Sept. 24, Sedgwick County District Judge Jeffrey Syrios sentenced Jack Stanley, 34, to 136 months in prison in four different cases on charges ranging from theft to burglary to attempt to elude a law enforcement officer.
Stanley also faced drug and gun charges for a series of crimes committed in the latter half of 2012 and early 2013. The crimes were committed in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.
District Attorney Marc Bennett thanked law enforcement officers in Butler and Harvey counties who worked with Wichita Police and Sedgwick County Sheriff Deputies to bring Stanley to justice.
Stanley, from Wichita, was arrested on Feb. 6. He was wounded by a homeowner in southern Harvey County after breaking into the man’s garage and stealing his Quad Cab pickup.
The homeowner said the man tried to run him over with his own truck and that’s why he fired a shotgun at him. The homeowner fired a second time after his truck ran into a large tree and the man driving it, got out and confronted the homeowner. The second shot struck Stanley.
Stanley had driven to the home in a stolen pickup from Butler County. After the confrontation in Harvey County, Stanley took a minivan from a home in Halstead. That vehicle became stuck in sand on the north side of the Arkansas River in northwest Sedgwick County. Stanley was found over two miles from the van, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Along with the eight crimes committed in Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick counties, Stanley was also charged with 10 other crimes in three different cases.
All crimes in the three counties were charged in Sedgwick County. The cases were “stacked” in an effort to get a higher bond and a tougher sentence.
“I’ve told prosecutors to identify the “frequent fliers, the names seen over and over again. If you have a case on that guy, go back and look at what else he has done,” said Bennett.
In court before Judge Syrios, Robert Short, the Chief Attorney in the Economic Crime Unit of the District Attorney’s office, called Jack Stanley “the poster boy” of the effort to investigate and prosecute property crime criminals in Sedgwick County.
“While crimes such as murder and rape draw big headlines, and are clearly important, far more people are victimized by economic crimes such as burglary and consumer fraud,” said Bennett.