Teen sentenced to 6 months of probation in gun exchange at Lawrence High

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Lawrence High School, 1901 Louisiana St., is pictured on July 28, 2016.

A teen involved in the exchange of a stolen handgun on Lawrence High School grounds has been sentenced to six months of probation, according to online district court records.

The teen was convicted Feb. 5 of criminal use of a weapon for being under 18 and possessing a gun with a barrel less than 12 inches long, the Journal-World has reported.

At the request of defense attorney Jody Meyer, Judge Bethany Roberts ruled that it was in the teen’s best interest for the hearing to be closed to the public. The hearing lasted a few minutes. Shortly afterward, online court records were updated to reflect the sentence; however, the Journal-World is unaware of any specific conditions or stipulations of the probation.

Another teen stole the gun from his own father on Sept. 9, 2018, then provided it to the other teen the next day, court documents allege.

The teen who was sentenced Wednesday had initially been charged with felony theft for obtaining control of a stolen gun, according to court documents. He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor conviction of criminal use of a weapon.

Julie Boyle, a spokeswoman with the Lawrence school district, as of Wednesday afternoon had not yet answered a Tuesday email asking whether the teen was still enrolled at Lawrence High. At the time of his conviction, however, he was.

The other teen also was charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing the gun — a Hi-Point JHP45 model — from his father, according to case documents. His case remains pending.

Boyle previously told the Journal-World that teen is no longer enrolled in the district.

When they were arrested and charged in September, the teens were 14 and 15 and were both students at LHS, 1901 Louisiana St.

Lawrence police and school leaders looked into the situation after a parent reported hearing about a student selling a firearm to another student, LHS Principal Matt Brungardt said in an email to school parents at the time. He said police investigated further and recovered the gun off campus.

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