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Duncan to serve jail time

January 23, 2002

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Kansas University running back Reggie Duncan will spend the weekend in the Douglas County Jail.

Duncan was sentenced for misdemeanor theft by Lawrence Municipal Court Judge Randy McGrath to 180 days in jail. McGrath then suspended all but two of the days. He also ordered Duncan to pay a $100 fine.

Duncan pleaded guilty to the charge after McGrath granted a motion by Municipal Prosecutor Tom Porter to revoke a diversion agreement Duncan had been participating in since last March.

Duncan entered the one-year diversion program in an attempt to get the theft charge dismissed. He was charged after a September 2000 shoplifting incident at Target, 3201 Iowa.

Porter wanted the diversion revoked because last month Duncan was sentenced in Douglas County District Court to probation after being convicted of misdemeanor theft for stealing a KU coed's purse. One of the conditions of his diversion required him to obey all laws.

Duncan failed to show up for his Municipal Court hearing originally scheduled for last Thursday. McGrath ordered a bench warrant prepared for Duncan's arrest, but because it takes several days to prepare and sign the warrant, Duncan was allowed to show up Tuesday to have his case settled. McGrath canceled the warrant order.

Duncan's attorney, Ron Schneider, told McGrath he was to blame for the failure to appear. Schneider said there had been some miscommunication between him and the prosecutor about the court appearance.

Duncan could have served 20 hours of community service in place of the fine but Schneider said his client was too busy. Schneider said Duncan will report to jail sometime Friday evening to serve his time.

After the court hearing Duncan declined to comment. Schneider said Duncan had learned his lesson and was ready to face responsibility.

"The new coach (KU football coach Mark Mangino) expects him to comply with the law and be a good representative of the team," Schneider said.

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