Ark City felon gets 10 years for agg. battery

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By Brett Coplen and Shane Farley
April 17, 2014 - 1:34:09 pm

An Ark City man was sentenced to just more than 10 years in prison Thursday morning for a stabbing incident involving a local woman that occurred in January.

36-year-old Billy Eugene Massey is to serve 122 months under the supervision of the Kansas Dept. of Corrections on a single count of aggravated battery. Judge Jim Pringle presided over Massey’s case.

“I should listen to you and my mama more and stay away from all that trash that I hang out with,” Massey said to the judge, just prior to his sentencing. “It seems to get me into situations over and over again. The first time I stabbed somebody, I was hanging out with the same kind of trash then.”

Massey had originally been charged with attempted murder and kidnapping before entering a plea agreement with prosecutors.

On the evening of Jan. 16, Cowley County authorities were informed of a possible stabbing at the 7 Clans-Otoe Tribe Convenience Store, commonly known as the Gasino.

Investigators eventually learned the stabbing had actually occurred in Ark City at a residence in the 1000 block of S. Third. They began a search for Massey, who had fled from the Gasino.

The victim said Massey, who she described as an acquaintance, had been at her house during the day. When the woman attempted to leave, Massey was said to have become angry, retrieved a knife and stabbed the woman in the chest and hand.

The 44-year-old victim said she convinced Massey to take her to a convenience store for cigarettes and she notified the store clerk she needed help. Store personnel kept the woman isolated from the suspect and authorities were notified.

Massey was arrested a short time later.

In addition to his prison sentence, Massey must also complete 24 months of post-release supervision and pay $1,500 in restitution.

It’s unclear whether Massey will face misdemeanor charges for recently contacting the victim in the case from jail and allegedly making threats. A court appearance on those charges is set for next Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Massey has been in jail on $200,000 bond since the initial incident.

He is a convicted felon who has served time on previous aggravated battery conviction in Cowley County in 1998 and 2008, according to department of corrections records.

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