A man has been sentenced to probation for burglarizing a rural Leavenworth County home.

A man has been sentenced to probation for burglarizing a rural Leavenworth County home.

Byron Brooks, 32, Leavenworth, was sentenced to two years of probation Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court.

Brooks pleaded no contest in March to one count of residential burglary. The crime occurred Feb. 3 at a residence on 246th Street.

A homeowner reportedly saw two men leaving her residence and drive away in a vehicle. The homeowner discovered that a brick had been thrown through a glass door at the back of her house.

Deputies with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office located the suspects’ vehicle. Brooks was identified as the passenger. He reportedly was in possession of property taken from the residence.

During Wednesday’s sentencing, Assistant County Attorney Christopher Scott recommended giving Brooks a suspended prison sentence and placing him on probation.

Scott said the prosecution and defense believed Brooks was eligible for probation when they negotiated a plea agreement.

They later discovered that a special rule applied in the case because of Brooks’ criminal history and the fact the crime was a residential burglary.

This special rule meant that Brooks could have been sentenced to prison.

Brooks' attorney, Clinton Lee, filed a motion seeking probation instead of a prison sentence.

Lee said the motion reflected the intent of the plea negotiations.

The attorney also said most of the items that had been take during the burglary were returned to the owners.

When given the opportunity to speak, Brooks apologized to the court and victims.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby granted the defense motion for probation.

“The state has not objected to that,” he said.

Sundby also said the loss in the case had been less than what is typical for this type of crime.

Brooks was ordered to pay $1,187 in restitution.

Another man has been charged in connection to the Feb. 3 incident.

Gerald A. Denson III is charged with residential burglary, theft, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, criminal damage to property and driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to court records.

His case is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 14.

Brooks was the subject of local news in 2015 when he was the victim of a shooting in Leavenworth.

Monica A. Pyles was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for shooting Brooks.

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