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.