A 20-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced Friday to a three-year probation term in connection with an Aug. 29 attempted robbery at The Reserve apartment complex, 2511 W. 31st St.
Garrett Paulson in September pleaded guilty to one count each of attempted aggravated robbery and criminal threat in the case.
Paulson and co-defendant Sterling J. Wilkins were accused of approaching three Kansas University students with a gun and demanding money and other property.
A struggle followed between Wilkins and a male student standing outside an SUV, and then Wilkins punched the victim and struck him on his head with the pistol, which fired into the ground.
Paulson faced up to three years in prison in the case, but Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel — in her decision to grant probation — noted that Paulson had been complying with drug and alcohol treatment requirements and had accepted responsibility for the crimes.
Wilkins pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated robbery and is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 28.