Judge sentences Kansas City man to 12 months probation for actions leading to lockdown of KU’s McCollum Hall
April incident led to a floor-by-floor search of the university's largest dorm
A Douglas County judge sentenced a man who caused chaos in April at Kansas University to 12 months probation and ordered him not to return to any of the KU campuses.
Samuel L. Moore, 24, of Kansas City, Kan., made a tearful apology for his actions April 30 that led to the lockdown of KU’s largest dormitory for several hours, while authorities searched for an armed gunman who did not exist.
“A lot of things did happen at KU that shouldn’t have happened and caused a lot of concern,” Moore’s attorney John Johnson told the judge.
Moore entered a guilty plea in May to a felony charge of obstruction, admitting that he lied to police, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing.
Douglas County District Court Judge Sally Pokorny sentenced Moore to 12 months of supervised probation through Douglas County Community Corrections, ordering him to obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation, get a full-time job, and report to a probation officer, something Moore has had trouble with in the past.
“You need to step up and be a man,” Pokorny said in a stern address to Moore. “You have shown that you don’t learn from your past mistakes, and if you don’t learn from this one, you’re going to spend eight months in the penitentiary.”
After Moore’s arrest following the April 30 incident at McCollum Hall, Pokorny revoked his probation on two previous theft cases from 2008 and 2009.
Friday she ordered Moore to spend 63 days in jail for the probation violations.
Moore has already been in custody for 54 days, meaning he will have to serve nine more days in the Douglas County Jail.
He told the judge he was anxious to get out and prove that he’s a changed man.
“All I can do is go out and prove it,” Moore told the judge. “If I get the chance, I won’t let anyone down.”
Pokorny warned Moore that he is looking at some hefty prison time if he messes up this time around.
“I wish you the best of luck, and I hope to never see you in the courtroom again,” Pokorny said.
Moore said, “You won’t,” before being taken away in shackles.