Lawrence man pleads guilty in domestic violence case

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Lawrence man pleads guilty in domestic violence case

Cheryl Cadue | PIO

November 1, 2023 4:47 pm

Updated: November 2, 2023 11:24 am

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Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez today announced that Yusaf A. Austin, 50, of Lawrence, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated battery, aggravated battery and criminal threat charges related to a domestic violence incident that occurred in May 2021.

Charges stem from an incident that occurred in the 100 block of N. Michigan Street where Austin injured a woman who was identified as a member of the household.

“Domestic violence is an underreported crime that can be life altering for generations,” Valdez said. “Victims and survivors of domestic violence are not alone. Our office is committed to ensuring those affected by domestic violence find safety and justice.”

Assistant District Attorney Samantha Foster represented the State of Kansas. The matter was investigated by Lawrence Police Department.  

Sentencing was set by Judge Sally Pokorny for 9 a.m. on December 15, 2023, at the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.

Austin faces between 17 and 46 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) for the attempted aggravated battery conviction, between 11 and 34 months in the KDOC for the aggravated battery conviction and between 5 and 17 months in the KDOC for the criminal threat conviction.

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Cheryl Cadue

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Douglas County District Attorney's Office