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Intoxication No Excuse For Shooting at Police

Associated Press - September 27, 2015 7:34 am

The Kansas Supreme Court says a man serving about 54 years in prison after being convicted in a 1999 rape and robbery case in Lawrence may be entitled to a few more days in court.

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that being drunk was no excuse for a Topeka man to fire a weapon at law enforcement officers.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the court on Friday upheld four convictions against David Allen Kershaw for aggravated assault on a law officer with a deadly weapon.

Kershaw was convicted in Shawnee County District Court and sentenced to 38 months for firing a shot in February 2012 at Shawnee County deputies who responded to a domestic dispute call.

Testimony at trial showed Kershaw had consumed a large amount of whisky and was taking prescription medications, otherwise he wouldn’t have shot at the deputies.

The Court of Appeals reversed his conviction because of an instruction the judge gave to jurors, but the Supreme Court overturned that decision.