A Parsons man on Monday received more than four years in prison for shooting three people in August 2018.

Elijah Santino Amaro, 23, of Parsons was sentenced Monday to 52 months in prison for an Aug. 19, 2018, shooting in Parsons.

Amaro was originally charged with three counts of aggravated battery, one count of criminal discharge of a firearm at an unoccupied dwelling and one count of criminal possession of a firearm, all felonies.

Parsons police were called at about 2 a.m. Aug. 19, 2018, to 25th and Stevens on the report of shots fired. Upon arrival, they found three people with gunshot wounds: Deana D. Sumner, 21, Skyler D. Sumner, 18, and Joshua C. Sharp, 20.

Deana Sumner was shot in her left earlobe, which had to be stitched together. Her brother, Skyler Sumner, had been shot in the right forearm and the bullet entered his torso and lodged in his right buttock, according to the probable cause affidavit released in the case. The affidavit is used to support criminal charges and an arrest.

In April, Amaro waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated battery involving a firearm, a severity level 4 felony. 

Aggravated battery involves someone knowingly or recklessly causing great bodily harm or disfigurement to another. 

On Monday, Amaro apologized to the victims, though none were present.

“I deeply regret what I did. If I could go back and change things I would, but all I can do is accept the consequences,” and try to live better in the future, Amaro said.

Aggravated battery carries a minimum sentence of 38 months in prison and a maximum of 172 months and a fine of up to $300,000, but the actual term depends on a person’s criminal history.

When the plea agreement was made, it was believed Amaro’s criminal history was a G, for which the standard sentence is 50 months. However, a juvenile felony committed by Amaro that was believed to have decayed had not. With two years remaining on that case before it decayed, it amended Amaro’s criminal history to F.

Amaro’s attorney, Gordon Gregory, requested a durational departure, meaning a shorter prison term. Judge Jeffry L. Jack said he would grant the departure in part. He said he would act as if Amaro’s criminal history was G, but because of the gravity of the crime — aggravated battery involving a firearm in the possession of a felon, three persons being shot, and Amaro trying to hide the weapon — Judge Jack thought the crime justified Amaro serving 52 months.

Parole supervision will be 36 months.

Amaro will be required to register as a violent offender for 15 years under the Kansas Offender Registration Act following his parole or release.

Restitution to the victims was left open, until the bills are shared with the court.

Amaro received credit for 295 days served in jail while his case was pending.


In another case, Jason L. Anderson-Moseley, born in 1985, 1220 Grand, pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

On Dec. 23, 2018, someone notified the Parsons Police Department they found a wallet in the 2100 block of Corning. Inside the wallet was an ID, $357 cash and 3.5 grams of a crystalized substance that tested to be meth. There was also a water bill with Moseley’s address. An officer went to the address on the bill and saw a man looking around the yard. He asked him if he was looking for a wallet. Moseley said yes. The officer asked Moseley if there was any money in the wallet. Moseley said about $350. When shown the wallet, Moseley identified it as his and was arrested. Moseley will be sentenced July 18.

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