Lawrence man, 31, pleads guilty to attempted aggravated burglary

A 31-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Monday to one count of attempted aggravated burglary as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Ronald Kenneth Brooks Jr. had originally been charged with two burglary counts for allegedly entering two Lawrence homes while residents slept on July 31. One of those counts was dismissed in August because of a lack of evidence.

At the time of his arrest, prosecutors said they were trying to determine if Brooks was linked to other burglaries in Lawrence.

The crime Brooks pleaded to on Monday occurred on Woodlawn Drive, southeast of Peterson Road and Princeton Boulevard. A resident in the home woke and found Brooks in the home. Brooks ran from the house, and an officer in the area later apprehended him near Deerfield School.

According to court records and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation offender registry, Brooks received probation for a 2004 lewd and lascivious conviction in Douglas County. Brooks also spent about four years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to aggravated assault on a U.S. Postal Service carrier in Topeka in 2008 and possessing a gun after he was barred from doing so because of a 2004 Brown County drug conviction.

As part of the plea agreement, Brooks agreed to cooperate with police and provide information about other burglaries he was involved with. However, Brooks defense attorney said Monday that Brooks would only be providing information about himself, and would not be implicating any other suspects in any cases.

Prosecutors recommended Monday that Brooks be sentenced to 25 months in prison, which would be added to any additional federal prison time Brooks would need to serve for violating federal probation. Brooks is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 4.