Man Who Assaulted WIBW Employees Sentenced To Over 8 Years In Prison

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- The man who broke into WIBW Television and assaulted 4 employees last May has received the maximum sentence for his crimes.

At his sentencing hearing in Shawnee County District Court Wednesday morning, Shawnee County District Court Judge Evelyn Wilson heard prosecutor Veronica Dersch say Ray Miles is a danger to society. She said, "At his age, If he is not going to take his medication then he is nothing but a dangerous man. The community needs to be protected from him."

WIBW General Manager Jim Ogle told the court that the break-in and assault has left the station in a year long state of anxiety and fear. He said, "We all know about those that were injured but there were so much more affected emotionally for a year and wondering what will happen when he gets out of prison." Ogle urged the judge to give Miles the maximum sentence available.

Miles Attorney Donna Asher said miles, a military veteran has mental issues. Miles, claimed he was looking for help at WIBW-TV but was turned away and told nobody there could help him. He said, "I went to help from the TV station but they said they couldn't do anything for me. They are supposed to help people that have had their civil rights violated. They are supposed to have investigative reporters for that."

Miles broke thru the front door, at WIBW, assaulted News Director Jon Janes, stabbed sales staffers Roger Brokke and Greg Palmer and kicked Chief Engineer Cary Lahnum in the eye on May 23, 2012.

Last November, a jury found him guilty of 4 assault and 2 other charges.

The question in court Wednesday was whether the judge would make Miles' sentence on the 6 charges run concurrently, or consecutively. Judge Wilson ruled all will be consecutive, and 88 months is the maximum allowed in Kansas sentencing guidelines.

Miles will serve 7 years and 4 months on the 6 counts. He can get credit for 11 months already served and roughtly another year for good behavior in prison.

When the prison sentence is over, the judge also ordered a 12 month sentence in the Shawnee County Jail.

The judge told Miles he has 14 days to appeal Wednesday's sentence.


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