Sentencing Set For Tuesday In Aggravated Battery Case

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The former partner in a Topeka convenience store that saw a string of violence will be sentenced Tuesday.

Jurors convicted Monroe Lockhart in April on five counts, including aggravated burglary and aggravated battery.

Prosecutors say Lockhart and two other men broke into a southeast Topeka mobile home in 2011 to recover items Lockhart believed were stolen from the former Mo's Express convience store. A woman was burned during the incident.

Lockhart's trial was delayed several times due to disputes over attorneys. His original attorney, Billy Rork, was disqualified from representing Lockhart because he also represented a former codefendant in the case. Lockhart then changed attorneys several times.

The convenience store was the site of a holdup in November 2011 where two employees were shot. A month later, on Christmas Eve 2011, an employee at the neighboring liquor store was shot and killed in an apparant holdup attempt.

Lockhart's business partner, Corey Brown, was found murdered in rural Douglas County the following January. No arrests have been made in relation to his death.


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