A Douglas County judge Thursday afternoon ordered two men to serve about two months in jail each for their role in a Dec. 11 Lawrence apartment burglary.
District Judge Michael Malone also ordered the two men, Jeremy Noland, 19, and Nicholas Allen, 21, who were students at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., at the time of the crime, to serve two years on probation after they were convicted by entering pleas in February to burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.
In April, a third co-defendant, Scott A. McDowell, was sentenced to serve two years on probation. McDowell, who now lives in Huntsville, Ala., had already served 62 days in jail before he posted bond in the case, so Malone had not ordered him to serve any additional jail time in addition to his two years on probation. Noland and Allen posted bond only after a few days, and Malone ordered them each to serve the remaining balance of their 62 days in jail.
Prosecutors accused the three men of wearing masks and climbing through an apartment window as they broke into a unit at the Grove Apartments, 4301 W. 24th Place, to rob one of Allen’s former neighbors. Witnesses told police they saw the men leave the apartment carrying a laptop computer. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper arrested the men later in Overbrook.
Noland’s attorney Carl Folsom said in court Thursday the men were attempting to rob the apartment resident because they believed he was a drug dealer. Both defendants told Malone they accepted responsibility for the crimes.