Eudora News and

Story by George Diepenbrock, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

A Douglas County judge sentenced a 29-year-old Eudora man to serve two years on probation for his role in a series of Eudora burglaries earlier this year.

District Judge Kay Huff ordered David Allen Thomas to also undergo a mental health evaluation as a special condition of his probation.

In November, he pleaded no contest to three felony charges — two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and one count of burglary — and eight misdemeanor charges. Eudora police in July linked Thomas to 18 burglaries of vehicles and sheds. Two other Eudora residents were charged in the case: Leah D. Thomas and Joseph L. Klebenstein. Klebenstein entered a plea and has not been sentenced. Leah Thomas faces a trial in 2012.

If David Thomas is found to violate terms of his probation, he faces 13 months in prison in this case and likely additional time for a drug possession conviction. He also must pay $820 in restitution.

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