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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Defendant enters pleas in three cases

  • A Lansing man faces a possible sentence of more than 13 years in prison after entering pleas in three cases involving charges for theft, burglary, battery of correctional officers and impersonating a police officer, according to a prosecution official.
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  • A Lansing man faces a possible sentence of more than 13 years in prison after entering pleas in three cases involving charges for theft, burglary, battery of correctional officers and impersonating a police officer, according to a prosecution official.
    Marcus Crawford, 50, entered the pleas Friday in Leavenworth County District Court. He pleaded no contest to two counts of theft for an incident that occurred Dec. 1, 2011 in Lansing, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.
    He also pleaded guilty Friday to three counts for an incident that took place Dec. 23, 2011, in Lansing. Those charges are attempted residential burglary, criminal damage to property and false impersonation of a law enforcement.
    Crawford also pleaded guilty to two counts of battery on a correctional officer for throwing feces on officers Dec. 31, 2011, at the Leavenworth County Jail.
    On Dec. 1, 2011, police received a report that Crawford had unlawfully entered a residence in Lansing. When officers apprehended him, they reportedly discovered he had a passport belonging to another man and items from the residence.
    On Dec. 23,2011, authorities received a phone call from a distressed home owner that a man was trying to break into her home and he had departed on a red bike. She and two other people were in the house when they heard a knocking on the front door around 9 a.m. The knocking became more aggressive and they heard the person say, “This is Detective Williams; let me in; I have a search warrant."
    The knocking stopped at the front door. But they then heard knocking on the back door and someone trying to pry open the door. The residents were able to identify Crawford because he was an acquaintance, according to Thompson.
    Lansing police apprehended Crawford for these crimes and he was held in the Leavenworth County Jail.
    The Dec. 31, 2011 incident happened as officers opened the Crawford's cell door to check on him after he'd covered the windows with toilet paper.
    Crawford's sentencing is set for Oct. 9. He is facing a possible 13.5 years for all of the convictions, according to Thompson.

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