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Probation ordered in weapon incident

February 23, 2008


A man involved in a gun crime downtown last year has pleaded guilty but will not serve time.

In exchange for a guilty plea, Aubrey Gilbert, 24, of Lawrence, was sentenced Friday in Douglas County District Court to 12 months in jail. However, Judge Jack Murphy ordered Gilbert to a year of probation and 50 hours of community service instead of doing time. Gilbert pleaded guilty to reduced charges of criminal use of a weapon and assault, both misdemeanors.

Gilbert's attorney, Jim George, told the court that his client had no criminal record and consequently deserved the terms agreed to in the plea.

"He regrets his decision," George said.

Trent Krug, Douglas County assistant district attorney, said the plea had been reached with the victims' blessing.

The charges stem from a March 25 incident in which Gilbert pulled a gun on two people in downtown Lawrence. Among the victims, who were both in a Dodge Ram pickup truck, was former Kansas University football player Aqib Talib.

Gilbert was run over in the fracas surrounding the incident, but he refused medical treatment.

"I want to apologize for violating the law," Gilbert told the judge. "You will not see me in here again."

Gilbert's sentence included 12 months for the weapon-use violation and one month for the assault; however, the sentences were to run concurrently and included credit for one day Gilbert had already spent in jail.

As a further part of the probation agreement, Gilbert was ordered to have no contact with any of the victims.


Sigmund 10 years, 1 month ago

We don't need more gun laws, we need to ENFORCE the gun laws we already have.

somebodynew 10 years, 2 months ago

And we wonder why the "thugs" keep coming to Lawrence????? There is NO punishment in Douglas County. How about a story on all of those people caught with guns outside of (ex) LC ??? I would bet no one went to jail for any of that either.

monkeyhawk 10 years, 2 months ago

"Downtown safety again in spotlight after melee

March 28, 2007 An incident early Sunday outside the Thai House in the 700 block of Massachusetts Street resulted in a Kansas University football player being listed as a victim in a gun-pointing incident. The incident is the latest of several involving guns in downtown Lawrence.

A weekend incident involving a gun and an out-of-control crowd is resurrecting concerns about quelling downtown violence.

"It's something I still feel very strongly that we have to deal with," Lawrence Mayor Mike Amyx said. "We've got to make these folks understand that we cannot tolerate having guns downtown."

As long as Lawrence continues to send the message that it is a great place to be a criminal, downtown will never be safe. How did Mr. Amyx make this guy understand there is no tolerance? Almost a year after that incident, how many more have there been?

The police must be very frustrated by the end result.

Steve Jacob 10 years, 2 months ago

If he just pulled out a gun (no shots), and has no record, and it was not a robbery, he might have thought he was going to get shot by someone, I don't see why he needed to go to jail. He probally got lucky things did not get more out of hand then they did.

But now he gets no slack is he ever sees any judge again, and hopfully with his words he knows that.

somebodynew 10 years, 2 months ago

srj - are you seriously saying it is OK to bring a gun to a fight ??? No he didn't shoot anybody (this time), and I do not know this guy. Perhaps in this case this is a just sentence and we will not hear from this guy again. (I doubt it). Why is it when LE actually does their job (i.e. guns being caught at LC) and here where a gun was actually used (not fired) there is no form of punishment that would be considered a "determent". The cops try to do their job and arrest people, but they just get off (and in the case of most LC cases, actually get their guns back) thanks to the judges in Douglas County.

And NO he should not receive any "slack" from the judge again is there is another incident. He supposedly learned his lesson and won't be in this position again.

Paul R Getto 10 years, 2 months ago

Probably a good decision given the circumstances. I'm amused by the "put 'em all in prison" crowd, who, at the same time, cry for lower and lower taxes. Incarceration is expensive.

infidel785 10 years, 2 months ago

Made_in_China (Paul R. Getto) says: "Probably a good decision given the circumstances. I'm amused by the "put 'em all in prison" crowd, who, at the same time, cry for lower and lower taxes. Incarceration is expensive."

That's why we should just kill 'em. They are of no purpose to society so we might as well just hang 'em like back in the old days. That way we get rid of the problem and it doesn't cost us anything except the life of some piece of sh!t.

xinmone 10 years, 2 months ago

And fall to their level infedel785? I agree with the first, but condescend to murdering the murderer? They're going to keep coming to Lawrence whether we kill them off or not. Anyone who's capable of killing someone else is more than able to commit suicide without our tax dollars doing it for them. What we need is someone to give all these criminals coming in from Kansas City a good scare...

Buggie7 10 years, 2 months ago

Ya know according to yesterdays paper we do need some sidewalks for disabled and others with conditions beyond their control shoveled. GOOD COMM SERVICE OPP HERE DOUGLAS COUNTY!

compmd 10 years, 1 month ago

srj, I think you're absolutely right.

Far too many people here think they understand how the legal system works. The guy got an appropriate sentence.

jonny_quest 10 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence police advised the participants in a LPD Citizens Academy to avoid down town Lawrence at night because it is not safe.

ralphralph 10 years, 1 month ago

If you want guns off the streets, you've gotta have mandatory jail or prison time for crimes involving a gun. I beg to differ with the Ass DA, re- the deal having the blessing of the 'victims'. We are ALL the victims of this kind of thuggery, and I don't give my blessing to letting the guy walk. You direct conduct by the consequences you attach to it. Lawrence is saying is O.K. to be a gun toting, and pointing, thug. Bad message to send.

Godfather94 10 years, 1 month ago

I wonder what the sentence would have been if he pulled the gun on the judge. I would say there are different laws.

Bloopie 10 years, 1 month ago

Some of you so called "concerned citizens" are the same ones calling for the blood of this young man. When this happened people wrote that he should have been run over and killed by the truck driven by the crazy football players. He was NOT convicted of pulling a gun on anyone because he DIDN't. He pleaded to another crime that did not include a victim. Because he has NEVER BEEN in any trouble before. The sentencing guidelines were followed by the judge. If this had happened anywhere except your precious lilywhite downtown area you wouldn't even care. Get the facts before you condemn someone. Most of you bloggers are bigoted and always believe a young black man is guilty BEFORE he is proven innocent of the crime he is accused of. To advocate his murder and death is unforgiveable. Those of you crying out about the violence advocate this man's death in the same sentence. How ignorant. You are the CRAZY people. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Nobody wants guns involved in any way. But ask yourself if these football players are innocent, especially Talib who has been convicted of crimes and is or was on probation himself. If Talib was not the MVP of the Orange bowl you wouldn't care about him either. Young black men are dispensable unless they entertain or play sportsl. Of course he gave his blessing he didn't want HIS past and record brought up because he is trying to get into the NFL. These were trumped up charges from the beginning to explain why they ran over this kid. The KU Athletic department, in my opinion, kept this case pending until the football season was over. It is also political because the DA's office knows this is a hotbed and the town wants blood. Believe me if they could have convicted this kid on the original charge and given him the maximum time they would have just to appease people like you. This Gilbert kid has never broken the law before and hopefully won't again. Get the facts before you condemn a young man

Godfather94 10 years, 1 month ago

Hey Bloopie! Why don't you re-read the article. The first two paragraphs mention the crime. He got off easy and you know it. Every criminals crime spree has to start with there first crime. If there not dealt with in the right matter(getting off easy) than they might just want to pursue this way of life. Let's just hope he doesn't, because his next time could be fatal. It could be your loved one Bloopie.

Tony Gaines 10 years, 1 month ago

Infedel785 Wrote: That's why we should just kill 'em. They are of no purpose to society so we might as well just hang 'em like back in the old days. That way we get rid of the problem and it doesn't cost us anything except the life of some piece of sh!t.

Who Black People? I hope that's not what your saying, but seeing as how most of these incidents involve black people, I don't see how you could mean it any other way. This is what kills me, you honestly believe that your in someway better than, or different from the so-called "Thugs" you wish to hang. When in reality the ignorance, and hate you project, is equally damaging. I pray for all of you!

"Kansas as Bigoted as you think"


AT 10 years, 1 month ago

TonyG -- you are ignorant. I don't think anymore needs to be said on that one. Let's just hope you're never caught in a situation where your life is being threatened. I bet you'll have a surprise in your pants and run off screaming like a little b**otch. Your name is really Tone-deaf or straight up Tone Loc -- as you are truly removing all doubt on how stupid you are by posting silly comments to this blog.

I DARE you to state your claims publicly to those you feel are so deserving to such treatment. It's all right for you to hide behind this blog and post comments because that's the spineless type of person you are. You know good and well if you tried that crap on real time you'd be put in your place, um... REAL quick.

I happen to know this young person and I know his mother extremely well and he has lived in Lawrence for MOST OF HIS LIFE -- so whoever made the comment about thugs coming to Lawrence doesn't know what the H*** he is talking about... This happened to a local young man, he has NEVER been in trouble before and he is a good person who comes from a good family.

Neither one of you know what you're talking about and you both better hope that neither one of you find yourselves in a position where others criticize you and wish bad fortune for you without knowing anything about you...

Your comments TOTALLY speak to your (lack of) upbringing and the type of families that barely took time to raise you properly, to have respect for human beings, and to be non judgemental towards others. Your remarks were spoken like true racists. You ought to hold your head down in complete SHAME.

Grow up, go enroll at KU and educate yourselves. You're giving Lawrence a bad reputation for producing spineless, racists zeros...

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