Eudora teen pleads no contest, is convicted in gun shop burglary case

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The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St.

One of three teens involved in a burglary of a gun shop in Eudora has entered a plea deal that will resolve four cases in which he’s charged.

The boy was 15 at the time that he, another 15-year-old and Stevan Rios, then 18, were arrested on suspicion of breaking into Free State Guns and Tactical Weapons, 218 E. 20th St. in Eudora. Multiple assault-style rifles, pistols and revolvers were stolen, the Journal-World reported.

The smash-and-grab-style break-in happened around 2:10 a.m. March 15, 2018. According to an affidavit in the case, police found blood and fingerprints at the scene; that evidence, plus a tip, led Eudora police to the three suspects.

Both 15-year-olds were initially charged with one count of burglary, a felony; nine counts of theft of firearms, all felonies; and two counts of criminal damage to property, both misdemeanors, for allegedly breaking the shop’s door and a display case inside, the Journal-World reported.

On Aug. 20, one of the boys, now 17, pleaded no contest in four cases, including the gun shop burglary. He was convicted of low-level felony theft of a firearm and misdemeanor criminal damage to property. He agreed to pay $1,467 in restitution, along with his co-defendants, according to Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to the Douglas County district attorney.

In addition, Wright Kunard said the boy pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors, disorderly conduct and harassment by telecommunication device, in two other cases. Other charges and an additional case against him were dismissed as part of the plea.

The boy is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 12.

Rios entered a guilty plea and was convicted of one count of burglary and one count of theft on June 14, 2018, the Journal-World reported. The state dropped multiple other charges against him, including two felony counts of contributing to a child’s misconduct.

Rios was sentenced Aug. 1, 2018, to 24 months of probation, with an underlying sentence of 12 months in prison should his probation be revoked, Wright Kunard said.

The other juvenile is scheduled for a plea hearing Sept. 5.

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