RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Three University of Richmond baseball players have avoided jail time for their roles in a string of thefts from dorm rooms. In court Tuesday morning, the trio pled no contest to reduced charges.
It could have been worse for Andrew Lowry, Jacob Mayers, and Christopher Sullivan. The three UR baseball players were originally charged with felonies, but prosecutors gave them a break.
"On the one hand they had no criminal record. On the other hand, they took advantage of spring break and fellow students by breaking into their rooms and stealing their property," said Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Collette McEachin.
Lowry, Mayers, and Sullivan each received a 12-month suspended sentence after pleading no contest to reduced charges of petty larceny and trespassing. A fourth player, Blake Geiger, is also accused of the thefts, which took place on March 8.
Prosecutors say the four used electronic pass cards to gain access to dorm buildings. Once inside, they went room to room, looking for unlocked doors.
"(They) essentially just went shopping as though they were at HH Gregg- stole electronics, Garmin GPS systems, X-boxes, X-box games," said McEachin.
All told, the stolen property was worth over $5,000.
In court, Andrew Lowry addressed the judge and apologized for his actions. His lawyer attempted to get his conviction deferred, with the goal of keeping his record clean. Judge Phillip Hairston denied the request and sided with prosecutors.
"We thought that would be too generous," said McEachin.
After the hearing, Jacob Mayers said he, too, was sorry.
"In the future I'd like to make better judgements and not make another mistake like that again," he said.
Blake Geiger will have his hearing in June. He will be offered the same deal as the other three.