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Three Missouri men face sentencing for Lawrence apartment burglary

February 17, 2011

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Three Bolivar, Mo., men now face sentencing in connection with a December Lawrence apartment robbery.

Scott McDowell and Nicholas Allen, both 21, have pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, and co-defendant Jeremy Noland, 19, has pleaded no contest to the same charges, according to court records.

Prosecutors say the defendants climbed through an apartment window they broke on Dec. 11 at the Grove Apartments, 4301 W. 24th Place, where they hoped to rob one of Allen’s former neighbors. Witnesses told police that night they saw three men crawl out of the window carrying a laptop computer and possibly a gun.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper arrested the men in Overbrook 28 miles southwest of Lawrence after he recognized a vehicle described in connection with the burglary.

During their initial court appearance in December, all three men or their attorneys indicated at the time they were students at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

District Judge Michael Malone is scheduled to sentence McDowell on April 22, Noland on May 27 and Allen on June 2. All three men are free on bond.

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