A 27-year-old Lawrence woman received two years of probation Thursday for a Sept. 28 burglary in the 500 block of Florida Street, along with related drug charges.
Ashley Dawn Houk, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, pleaded guilty in November to burglary, theft, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She admitted entering a home and stealing a computer. When she was arrested later that day, she was in possession of marijuana and a drug-weighing scale.
Because of Houk's criminal history, she could have been sentenced to 35 months in prison for the burglary and drug charges. She had been convicted of burglary once before.
In Thursday's sentencing hearing, Douglas County District Court Judge Barbara Huff ordered that Houk serve receive 24 months of probation in place of a prison sentence.
Huff said she took into account evidence that Houk, who is a single mother, had entered a drug and alcohol treatment program. The terms of the probation will require that treatment to continue.