Teen convicted for stealing gun, providing it to fellow student at LHS

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

A teen has been convicted of stealing a handgun, which he then reportedly sold to another student at Lawrence High School.

The teen pleaded guilty as charged to felony theft on Thursday in Douglas County District Court, according to online court records. Thursday’s hearing was closed to the media. According to the criminal complaint and other case documents, he stole the gun — a Hi-Point JHP45 model — from his father. 

He is scheduled to be sentenced May 15.

He is no longer enrolled in Lawrence public schools, a district spokeswoman said last month.

The incident happened in September on the LHS campus, 1901 Louisiana St. Both the teen who stole the gun and the teen he reportedly sold it to were charged with crimes, as juveniles, and have now been convicted.

When the incident occurred, the teens were 14 and 15, and both were students at LHS.

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 that time. He said police investigated further and recovered the gun off campus.

In February, the other teen pleaded no contest to misdemeanor criminal use of weapons, for being under 18 and possessing a gun with a barrel less than 12 inches long. He was sentenced to six months probation.

Initially, he had been charged with felony theft for obtaining control of a stolen gun.

That teen is enrolled at LHS, the district spokeswoman said in response to an inquiry at the time he was convicted.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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