Lawrence man wants to plead guilty to 17 charges, including burglaries, auto thefts

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Dandre Cordray

A Lawrence man has rejected a plea deal that prosecutors offered; instead, he wants to plead guilty to the 17 charges leveled against him.

Dandre M. Cordray, 19, of Lawrence, faces 14 felonies: five counts of aggravated burglary, five counts of theft and four counts of burglary of a motor vehicle. He is also charged with three counts of misdemeanor theft.

He appeared in court Thursday with his appointed defense attorney, Shaye Downing. When Downing told the court of her client’s wish, Judge Amy Hanley said she’d set a special hearing to discuss it, because “that’s significant.”

Prosecutors allege that Cordray stole items such as money, sunglasses, wallets, electronics, jewelry and tools, plus two Hondas and a Ford truck. Most of the addresses listed are in the area of Bob Billings Parkway and Inverness Drive. Lawrence police say the incidents all occurred between Nov. 20 and 25.

Cordray’s next hearing is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 13.

Since his arrest Dec. 30, Cordray has been held on $50,000 cash or surety bond in the Douglas County Jail, according to jail records. Should he make bond, he is not to have contact with any alleged victims or witnesses.

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