A Douglas County judge Friday ordered a 21-year-old Sedgwick County man to serve one year on probation and two months in jail for his role in a botched robbery and a burglary on successive nights last December at a Louisiana Street apartment.
Michael Hammond, who was a Kansas University student at the time, had entered a plea earlier this year to two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary. Prosecutors accused him of arranging for three men from Wichita to come to Lawrence and rob Hammond’s drug dealer the night of Dec. 2.
But the three men burst into the wrong apartment and, instead, robbed three female KU students at gunpoint. The following night, Hammond and three other co-defendants attempted to burglarize the drug dealer’s apartment but police interrupted them.
“I understand, Mr. Hammond, that when you were arrested that you were cooperative, but the fact remains that you helped plan a crime that went spectacularly wrong,” District Judge Kay Huff said. “It was illegal to begin with, and the next night, you were out there again.”
Huff largely followed a plea agreement from attorneys by giving Hammond one year on probation. If he violates terms of his probation, Hammond, who is currently attending college in the Wichita area, would face one year in prison. Huff did impose a steeper punishment than attorneys were recommending and ordered Hammond to serve two months in jail. However, she said he could complete this semester of classes and report to jail in December.
Lawrence police eventually arrested three Wichita men — Dandre Williams, Dandre Tomlin and Jerome DeShaun Tucker — in the Dec. 2 armed robbery. The three men pleaded guilty last month and are awaiting sentencing.