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Lawrence man sentenced to two years probation for assisting in 2010 Walmart robbery

January 11, 2012

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A Douglas County judge sentenced a Lawrence man to serve probation for two years for serving as a lookout in a 2010 robbery at Walmart.

Christopher Coty Maier, 24, had earlier pleaded no contest to one count of conspiracy in connection with a robbery in December 2010  at Walmart, 3300 Iowa. Maier did not show up on time for his sentencing last week, and he was arrested on a bench warrant after he showed up 30 minutes late.

“I’ll never show up late for anything again. I’m sorry for wasting the court’s time,” Maier said. “I’m not going to stop until the job’s done. I’m embarrassed of most of the things I’ve done in my life.”

District Judge Michael Malone did say he was impressed with what Maier had accomplished earlier while he was out on bond, and defense attorney John Kerns said Maier was working to turn around his life. Maier was one of seven people charged in connection with the robbery.

Prosecutors accused Maier and four other defendants with serving as lookouts for the robbery, which Lonnie S. Schaefer, 23, and William O. Patterson, 19, are accused of planning and committing.

Patterson, who was accused of pointing a plastic BB gun at Walmart clerks in the robbery and taking money from a register, has pleaded guilty to several charges and received nearly five years in prison.

Maier faces 16 months in prison if he violates terms of his probation. Malone said Maier could have his probation term shortened based on his performance. He also must complete drug and alcohol treatment.

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