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Probation ordered for final DWU dorm burglar

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Probation ordered for final DWU dorm burglar
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

The last person charged in a string of thefts at Dakota Wesleyan University during Thanksgiving break was sentenced Tuesday.

Darius Parnell Lawson, 19, was sentenced to four years of probation, 100 days in jail and fined $500 for his participation in the theft of numerous items from dorm rooms at DWU. He was also ordered to pay more than $3,800 in restitution along with others convicted in the case.


Lawson pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary in February.

"I'm sorry about everything that happened," Lawson told Judge Sean O'Brien.

O'Brien granted Lawson a suspended imposition of sentence, which means the felony conviction can be sealed from his record if Lawson obeys the conditions of his probation.

Lawson was given credit for his time served in jail prior to Tuesday's sentencing.

The others convicted of participating in the thefts -- Vincent Piercefield, 18, John Jones, 18, Roscoe Lee, 20, and Ashley Styer, 18 -- have all been sentenced for their involvement.

Piercefield pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and accessory to a felony in February. He received four years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution.

Accessory to a felony occurs when a person assists in the commission of a crime but does not participate in the crime itself.

Lee, Jones and Styer all pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony and were sentenced in February to 90 days in jail, all suspended, and each ordered to pay restitution, a $250 fine and all other court costs. Misprision of a felony, a misdemeanor, occurs when a person conceals the fact a felony took place but did not participate in the act.