Thursday, October 31, 2013

Kansas Man Receives Jail Time for Accidental Shooting

Local news reports

A 47-year-old man convicted in the accidental shooting of a 6-year-old boy at a North Topeka hotel on New Year's Eve 2011 will report to jail Nov. 4 to start his sentence of one year and two months.
Peter John Blancas, of Topeka, entered a plea to one count of aggravated endangering a child, a low-level felony, on Aug. 29, according to court records.

The incident was ruled an accidental shooting, a police spokeswoman said three days after the shooting.
Blancas was booked into the Shawnee County Jail at 5:54 a.m. Jan. 1, 2012, in connection with two felonies — one count of aggravated battery and one count of criminal possession of a firearm — and nine misdemeanor counts of endangerment of a child.
When the child was shot, 13 people — four adults and nine children — were in the hotel room.
Blancas has a criminal history B, court records said, meaning he has two or more person felony convictions.
On Dec. 10, 2008, Blancas was sentenced in district court to intensive supervised probation for two years and two months after he pleaded no contest four months earlier to aggravated battery, according to court records.
Blancas also was sentenced in district court in 1997 to six months in jail after pleading no contest to two counts of domestic battery, court records said. In 1993, he pleaded no contest to battery and was placed on one year of supervised probation.
He also pleaded no contest in 1995 in district court to domestic battery and criminal trespassing and in 1996 to his third offense of driving while suspended.

The sentence was too light. This is the kind of guy who should receive ten years for what he did.

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  1. This would be the perfect time for the federales to come in and charge him on the federal side for being a felon in possession of a firearm AND ammunition. Then he would have something to look forward to after he gets out of the state pen.

  2. The child who was shot was at the hotel with his Grandmother and Aunt. They were letting the kids go swimming then the kids were going home with their aunt while the grandma stayed at the hotel. Pete brought his kids (that were cousins to the kids) uninvited. The other adults had no idea he had hidden a gun underneath of a chair while everyone was swimming. It was horrible. Pete Blancas is a horrible person. One of his previous agg batterys was actually from him stabbing his kids mother in front of them. It took the D.A. 18 months to file charges and during that time he sexually molested 3 children. After the kids came forward he would stalk one of them and terrorize her (she was the first to say anything). They still have not filed charges. His record also doesnt show that he has had guns taken from his home and person previously over and over during different run ins with police over the years and no charges have ever been brought against him. It is sad that he has hurt so many people and changed these children forever and with good time he will serve 8 months.