Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2011

Man, 21, pleads guilty to robbing two KU students as they walked on Memorial Drive

September 29, 2011

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A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday morning to robbing two male Kansas University students.

Michael Martin Gerald entered the pleas to two counts of robbery. Gerald originally was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of conspiracy. Prosecutors accused Gerald and co-defendant Brandon James Huggins, 23, a Fort Leavenworth military police officer, of robbing the two men at gunpoint early on June 23 as the students were walking on Memorial Drive.

According to earlier testimony, Gerald, who is not in the military, is a childhood friend of Huggins.

The two students testified at a July preliminary hearing that two men got out of a car, ordered them to the ground and robbed them. Police later stopped a vehicle and interviewed three men inside, Gerald, Huggins and a third man, also a Fort Leavenworth solider. KU Public Safety Officers did not arrest the third man because they did not believe he was involved in the robbery.

Detective Jack Campbell testified that Gerald told police in an interview that he alone robbed the two students because “he was bored.”

Sarah Swain, Huggins’ defense attorney, has said her client asserted to police he was not involved, and Swain has criticized officers for not looking into the possibility the third man matched the victims’ description of the second robber.

District Judge Paula Martin is scheduled to sentence Gerald at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 18.

Huggins has a hearing scheduled for Oct. 13.

Comments

jhawkinsf 3 years, 10 months ago

Go to jail, go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

BlackVelvet 3 years, 10 months ago

Once again, in Douglas County, charged with a serious crime, allowed to plea to a lesser crime. What are the prosecutors here afraid of? Afraid they might have to put on some evidence? Didn't this d.b. admit to a detective that he committed the crime? Make him plead guilty as charged!

grammaddy 3 years, 10 months ago

Looks like the alleged perp is choosing to protect his friends. The DA probably doesn't want to chance his case falling to pieces in court,possibly wasting the taxpayers' money.He needs to make someone pay for this crime and the guy is volunteering to do it.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 10 months ago

"Gerald told police in an interview that he alone robbed the two students because “he was bored.”"

I was wondering, is it legal to use force to get people to accept $1 bills from you because you are "bored"?

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