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Bond reduction denied for two charged in Aug. 14 burglaries

August 19, 2014

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Douglas County District Court Judge Peggy Kittel on Tuesday denied bail requests from two of the four men police have linked to an Aug. 14 string of burglaries.

Stephen Thompson, 21, of Parker, asked Kittel to reduce his bond from $30,000 to $1,500 so he could take care of a sick child at home, his attorney, Elbridge Griffy IV, said. Kittel denied Thompson’s request because of his 2011 burglary conviction in Linn County.

If convicted, Thompson's presumptive sentence would be prison because of the charges he faces and his criminal history, which makes him a flight risk, Kittel said.

Thompson is charged with aggravated burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit burglary, attempted aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property in connection with the Aug. 14 incidents.

Michael Dale Eller, 20, of LaCynge, who has a $5,000 bond, asked that he be released on his own recognizance. Eller is charged with theft and conspiracy to commit burglary in connection with the burglaries.

Kittel denied Eller’s request because he was out of custody on bond for unrelated aggravated burglary and criminal damage in Miami County during the string of Lawrence burglaries.

Two other men charged in the burglaries, Stefan Davis, 21, of Parker, and Tyler Snipes, 18, of Lawrence, did not request changes in their bonds.

Davis is charged with aggravated burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit burglary and is in the Douglas County Jail on a $20,000 bond. Snipes is charged with burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit burglary and has a $7,500 bond.

The four will return to court Aug. 25 for a preliminary hearing.

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