Archive for Monday, December 10, 2012

Teen pleads no contest to two August burglaries, sex crimes dropped

December 10, 2012


A 19-year-old Horton man pleaded no contest Friday to two counts of aggravated burglary stemming from two August incidents in Lawrence, according to court records.

Austin Lee Whitebird was accused of entering two Lawrence homes on Aug. 24 and trying to assault two women as they slept.

Whitebird was arrested after a woman reported that she woke up about 3:45 a.m. to find a man, who apparently had broken into her home just south of the Kansas University campus, in her bed. Police were called, and although officers didn’t find the suspect, they remained in the area in unmarked vehicles.

About three hours later, police saw a man chasing Whitebird in the area. Police determined that a second woman, who lived next door to the first victim, had awakened to find a man in bed with her. That woman’s husband hit the suspect over the head with a pot and chased him outside the house, where police arrested him.

Two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery were dropped as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Aggravated burglary is a level-5 severity crime and carries a penalty of up to 136 months in prison, depending on someone's criminal history.

Whitebird is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 18.


sunflowerlaura 1 year, 4 months ago

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chrisparadies 1 year, 4 months ago

Wait. So are the second couple living 1950's TV lifestyle and have separate beds? Or was this kid brave enough to crawl in bed with a woman and her husband?


kawrivercrow 1 year, 4 months ago

Unacceptable that he was allowed to plea and get the attempted sexual assault charges dismissed. He will be out shortly and committing more acts of rape. Sex criminals are incorrigible in their proclivity for this behavior. As 19 yr old, he has a whole lifetime to hone his skills as a career rapist.


bearded_gnome 1 year, 4 months ago

That woman’s husband hit the suspect over the head with a pot and chased him outside the house,

---when pots are outlawed, only outlaws will have pots.


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