A 29-year-old man involved in a stabbing that occurred in Great Bend last June was convicted of aggravated battery on Thursday, Jan. 12, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor reports.
Robert Eugene Lyons appeared in Barton County District Court, where he entered a plea of “no contest” and was found guilty. The conviction stems from a stabbing that occurred behind Casey’s General Store, near 10th and Washington, on June 27, 2016. The victim, Richard Newkirk, reported being attacked by a man carrying a large knife or machete. Investigation by the Great Bend Police Department revealed that Lyons was the attacker.
He was arrested following the filing of charges by the Barton County Attorney’s Office and held in jail pending completion of his case.
Lyons also pled to misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal damage to property in an unrelated case. On March 20, 2016, he broke into a residence at 5501 9th St., Lot 19, damaging the door jamb, and took a 40-inch television.
Sentencing on both cases is set for March 10.
Agencies involved in the investigation were the Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Douglas Matthews prosecuted the case for the Barton County Attorney’s Office.